Kansas Gang Investigators Association
The Kansas Gang Investigators Association was officially formed in April of 2006. The idea of this organization was thought of years prior when officers from the Dodge City/ Garden City area began to deal with an influx of gang related crimes as a result of West Coast Gang Influence. In 2004, Topeka Police Gang Intelligence Officers begin to network and share information pertinent to gang members, trends and other related topics with our Western Kansas counterparts. A partnership grew and information became fluid and more widespread. In 2005, The Topeka Police Gang Unit facilitated the Capital City Gang Conference which drew over 100+ criminal justice professionals. As a result of the success of this conference, KC metro area officers conceived the Metro Gang Task Force which included monthly intelligence meetings. Realizing that we needed to legitimize our gang problems in our state, the KGIA was officially formed introducing a more cohesive method in combating gangs in our region. Since a very successful inaugural conference in 2007, the KGIA continues to grow in size and strives to improve the quality of life for all citizens in Kansas.
This mission statement of the Kansas Gang Investigators Association (KGIA) is to increase the awareness of gangs and gang activity within the State of Kansas and to assist law enforcement, corrections, and related agencies in recognizing and combating gang activity. KGIA is committed to providing current information and establishing a network between the KGIA membership, fellow associations, law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and the State Legislature.
The Kansas Gang Investigators Association (KGIA) is proud to bring you quality training and to represent you on the state and national level of gang initiatives. Through your continued support and the dedication of the volunteer board members, we want to continue to provide you the resources you need to help in the fight against gangs. This Association is motivated to bring training to your agencies, create relationships with your fellow law enforcement partners, and provide opportunities to network and develop as individual officers. We cannot stress the importance of networking throughout Kansas and the nation. Sharing information is crucial to our mission and was the foundation to why KGIA was formed. This is accomplished through our annual conference every February, as well as your participation throughout the year. We are committed to traveling to provide training in your community at your request. We are also here to assist you in locating information and resources at any time. You are not in this fight alone. This Association is your Association and we want to provide you the information and tools you need. Please utilize the variety of resources KGIA can provide. We invite you to contact the board with any questions or suggestions with the goal of constantly improving ourselves as officers and in turn the Association. The support of you and your agencies is appreciated, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
KGIA is a proud member of National Alliance of Gang Investigators' Association (NAGIA)