The burden of gang investigators and analysts to comprehend the full nature of the threat posed by gangs to their communities has expanded and become increasingly complex. Now more than ever, because of the constant danger of violence from these criminal enterprises and their members and associates, intelligence plays a critical role in the success of enforcement activities by identifying the types of crimes in which gangs engage, how they form allegiances and develop rivalries, and much, much more.
Since 2005 the National Gang Intelligence Center has devoted tremendous effort and resources toward its mission to support federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies through timely and accurate information sharing and strategic/tactical analysis of investigative and correctional-based intelligence as it pertains to the growth, migration, criminal activity, and association of violent gangs. Striving to fulfill that mission in a fast paced information age, their most recent endeavor—NGIC Online—is the internet extension of their brick-and-mortar center located near the Nation’s Capital, which houses gang analysts from ATF, BOP, DEA, DHS, DOD, FBI, and the U.S. Marshal Service. Through this system Law Enforcement Online (LEO) users now have a set of web-based tools for researching gang-related intelligence and sharing information with the broadest possible segment of the law enforcement community.
After authenticating to LEO, users can connect directly to the NGIC Online, which currently boasts a General Intelligence Library; a Gang Encyclopedia; Signs, Symbols, & Tattoo Database; and a Request for Information (RFI) portal. Future system developments will include a national gang training and events calendar, discussion boards, and a fully searchable gang-terms dictionary.
From their own individual home page on NGIC Online, users can search the system’s vast library of intelligence products and images, post announcements, request information, or view the status of requests and submissions to the NGIC. The RFI portal provides users with the capability to solicit NGIC analytical assistance in researching existing records, conducting custom gang threat assessments, and/or communicating with our network of national subject matter experts. Users are also encouraged to submit their comments and suggestions, or share new intelligence, which allows NGIC to always have the most up-to-date and accurate gang information available.
Law Enforcement professionals face unprecedented challenges in the days ahead as they develop strategies to combat the ever-increasing influence and negative impact of gangs across the country and around the world. Through the NGIC Online, the National Gang Intelligence Center makes finding the information they need both quick and easy, so that they can make more informed decisions and stay safe. Also coming soon on NGIC Online is a valuable resource: the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
For additional information contact
Kevin Donovan, NGIC Director
Diedre Butler, NGIC Deputy Director
Patricia Wilson, NGIC Online Program Manager