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Welcome to the new and improved Tennessee Gang Investigator’s Association (TNGIA) website. Take some time to look around, bookmark us, and stay in touch. We have a public web-presence here and on Facebook, and we are trying to decide whether to become Tweeters (on Twitter) or not. If you are a member, we have a private-access site. Contact your Regional Vice-President (RVP) to get access.

We hope to provide the residents of Tennessee with a one-stop location for all things related to gangs in this region. Check out all the tabs above to learn more about our organization and activities. If you see something elsewhere that we should be doing, send us a message and let us know! In the meantime, please explore our site and get to know us.

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The secure website can be found here. To access the secure website, you must have an active RISSNET (ROCIC) account and password. If you are a current member and do not know your login and password, contact your regional director.

Tennessee Gang Reduction Efforts (Funding Opportunity)

The Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs is excited to announce an open solicitation. See below for more information.

Tennessee Gang Reduction Efforts

Projects: During the last two decades the state has seen an increase in documented active gang members and known associates.

Projects funded under this section will strive to reduce gang-violence through creation of multi-jurisdictional gang task forces using a multi-pronged approach which includes strategies for prevention, intervention, enforcement, and prosecution. This grant will fund any of the listed strategies but strategies for each must be included in the input section of the application.

· Prevention Strategies: This strategy addresses specific prevention activities designed to identify at-risk youth and deliver programs aimed at deterring them from joining gangs. Describe how “at-risk” is determined and which prevention programs will be implemented as well as the lead partner for the strategy.

· Intervention Strategies: This strategy addresses specific rehabilitative activities provided to individuals in your community identified as gang members during the life of the project. Describe how individuals are selected to participate in this activity and who the lead partner is for the strategy.

· Law Enforcement Strategies: This strategy describes law enforcement strategies which have been developed to include multiple divisions across all of the participating law enforcement agencies. Example strategies include: Crime Mapping/Analysis, the saturation of enforcement in areas where gangs operate, the imposition of civil injunctions and nuisance closures.

· Prosecution Strategies: This strategy addresses special prosecution of known gang members and their affiliates. Describe how the prosecution effort for the gang task force will differ from other prosecutions, including what direct contact the prosecutor’s office will have and if there will be a dedicated prosecutor.

Law Enforcement agencies participating, though a multi-jurisdictional task force, are required to utilize the 10-point gang identification scale utilized by TBI and comply with 28 C.F.R Part 23 with respect to gang identification and the purging of information on individual gang members.

Collaborative partners should submit a letter of support and a brief statement highlighting their intended contribution. Memorandums of Understanding for collaborative partners shall be created and executed within six months of the start of every project.

For more information, click here for the full funding announcement http://tn.gov/finance/article/fa-ocjp-grantapp

Jennifer Brinkman
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Unit
Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP)
312 Rosa Parks Ave., 18th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-253-2037
http://www.tn.gov/finance/adm/ocjp/

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