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NAGIA reduces the threat of gang violence by increasing public awareness, training, monitoring legislative efforts, intelligence dissemination, and prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry efforts.
The leading voice of North American law enforcement gang investigators associations.

The National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations (NAGIA), formed in 1998, is a cooperative organization representing 23 state and regional gang investigators associations with over 20,000 members.  It provides  for leadership in developing and recommending strategies to prevent and control gang crime, administer professional training as well as assist criminal justice professionals and the public in identifying and tracking gangs, gang members and the gang crime around the world.

The National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association leaders believe that each of the fifty states should have laws which are specific to gangs within their own states, enhanced penalties and punishment for convicted gang members, and a statewide system to track and share gang specific intelligence.

NAGIA representatives have developed a recommended definition of the term “Gang” to facilitate a national discussion:

Gang: A group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol, or name and who individually or collectively engage in, or have engaged in, criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Criminal activity includes juvenile acts that, if committed by an adult, would be a crime.



The scourge of gangs is a clear and present danger to our internal national security. These gangs adversely impact the quality of life within our communities with violence, drugs, and associated criminal activities.The NAGIA is a unique alliance of criminal justice professionals dedicated to the promotion and coordination of national anti-gang strategies.

To ensure and enhance public safety, the need exists on a national level for a coordinated response to a threat of this magnitude. The consolidation and distribution of information, the standardization of training, and the creation of a close partnership among federal, state, and local law enforcement are among the elements critical to the accomplishment of this objective.  NAGIA assists agencies with successfully combining these elements at all levels.
The NAGIA also advocates the standardization of anti-gang training, establishment of uniform gang definitions, assistance for communities with emerging gang problems, and input to policymakers and program administrators. The NAGIA is not meant to replace or duplicate the services provided by any other entity. Rather, it facilitates and supports regional gang investigators associations; the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS); as well as federal, state, and local anti-gang initiatives.
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