About Us

Founded in 1998, the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association (TNGIA) includes Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Court System Professionals whose interest or primary investigative responsibilities include the identification and prosecution of crimes related to gang activity. The TNGIA Website is provided to members and guests as an portal for information relating to the Association, links to other Gang Investigator Associations, online resources regarding gangs, and a public forum relating to gangs.

The TNGIA Mission is to provide a network of trained and organized law enforcement officers united against groups whose intent is to break the law. Our tools include our unity in the fight against organized crime, the laws of the State of Tennessee and the United States of America, and the education we provide to the community. We support all members of the united front, and are here to serve you in any way we can.

The TNGIA coordinates efforts among gang investigators with a view towards a more extensive and rapid dissemination and exchange of information concerning gang-related incidents, suspects, and investigations.

The TNGIA encourages and supports legislation that decreases or curbs the occurrence of gang-related crimes, as well as assists the judiciary and related agencies in the adjudication of gang defendants. We support efforts to get longer sentences for violent gang crimes, or those involving three or more offenders; tougher mandatory sentencing for violent offenders who commit a felony involving a firearm; and the hiring of additional prosecutors in judicial districts across the state in an effort to reduce caseloads.

The TNGIA also encourages the development of new methods and techniques that will assist investigators in the identification and apprehension of gang members suspected of crimes, and cooperates with all agencies, both governmental and private, who are attempting to develop innovative investigative situations, while providing training to all interested agencies and citizens.

We can provide information to our members and briefings to our communities on street gangs, drug distribution and use, problems in school, violence in the community, and other topics that students, parents, teachers, community leaders and business leadership have an interest in.

We formed to address the problems seen with the increase of street gangs in the state, and continued gathering information on hate groups, white supremacists, Christian identity groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian gangs, Hispanic gangs, hybrid gangs, and any other organized criminal operation that threatens the safety and security of the citizens in the volunteer state.

We are celebrating over ten years of service (since 1998) to the citizens of Tennessee. We also directly support gangfighters in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and the Carolinas, due to our proximity to those states.

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14 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Lydia Leroux said:

    I am trying to book three of my officers and cannot get it to go through Please contact me as soon as possible at 423-585-4684.

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  2. Ernest gillespie said:

    Dear sir I am registered member with this organization I am a Shelby county deputy and work with the Shelby County schools as a gang investigator . However I am not able to log on the site to get the current information about the gangs in Tennessee please help me with this

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  3. Darrell Mobley said:

    I like the new web page and would like to know how to stay connected with membership and provide findings of gang info, activities, graffiti and and requested information. I have been a member through my previous employment at Memphis Police Department D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. unit for five years serving 10 years total and then 3 years with the federal government (VA Police).

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  4. Brandon Hall said:

    we here at the dickson county sheriffs office our new to the gang issues in our county and trying to figure out how to register and become members and etc…. thanks for your time and have a blessed day

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  5. CHARLES THOMAS said:

    I NEED HELP GETTING MY PASSWORD OR LOGIN. I BECAME A MEMBER AT THE CONFERENCE. PLEASE HELP ME ASAP. THANK YOU

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  6. Joshua Hoskins said:

    Hello,

    I work for the Tennessee Department of Correction in community supervision in Maryville. I am our offices STG liaison for the Office of Investigation and Compliance. I am interested in becoming a member of the TN-GIA to help build a better education and network for communication. I see that Tom Walker is my contact, can this message be directed to him please?

    Regards,
    Joshua Hoskins

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

  7. Patrick York said:

    I’d like information on a membership. Currently a Patrol Deputy with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in Maryville. While I’m not primarily a gang investigator, I have a strong interest in detecting and identifying gang activity. Thank You.

    • sorry for the delay — this was in a hidden area for some reason — please send your inquiry to carterfsmith @ tn-gia.org (remove the spaces before sending)

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