The Midwest Gang Investigators Association (MGIA), formed in 1987, is an organization representing 10 states throughout the Midwest, (Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky with over 2,000 members. It provides a collaborative association whose mission is in developing and recommending strategies to prevent and control gang crime, administer professional training as well as assist criminal justice professionals, educators, probation/parole, and the public regarding gangs in their communities.
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.
To ensure and enhance public safety, the need exists 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. In addition, best practices for educators, social workers, and the public are constantly being identified. By working in collaboration with promoting a comprehensive gang strategy, MGIA assists agencies and communities with successfully combining these elements at all levels.
Working with NAGIA, the National Alliance of Gang Investigators’ Associations, MGIA is a unique alliance of criminal justice professionals dedicated to the promotion and coordination of national, state, and local anti-gang strategies and initiatives.