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Northwest Virginia Regional Gang Task Force Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $750,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Gang Task Force (NWVARGTF), organized in 2004, is tasked with countering gang-related violence and property destruction in the Northwestern region of Virginia. Through strong alliances with federal agencies, the NWVARGTF will continue to concentrate efforts on identifying, investigating, and prosecuting gang members responsible for violent crimes. The NWVARGTF will: gather and disseminate intelligence information through the Uniform Crime Reporting System and other databases; conduct gang awareness presentations; and, enroll gang task force investigators in advanced gang-enforcement seminars and specialized training. The grant funds will support: unmarked vehicles for task force investigators; technical equipment to monitor gang activity; software upgrades for the gang task force intelligence analyst; gang task force personnel; and contracts with six member agencies to assign six full-time gang task force officers to the task force.


Date Created: September 20, 2009