The Midwest Gang Investigators Association (MGIA) was chartered on February 14, 1987, as a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization made up of law enforcement officers and other members of the criminal justice community. The MGIA is now made up of twelve state chapters that include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The MGIA Iowa Chapter was established in 1988 and currently has approximately 350 members.
The MGIA promotes a closely coordinated relationship among gang investigators through extensive and rapid dissemination and exchange of information about gang-related, extremist, terrorist, and security threat group’s activity. Additionally, the MGIA provides a collaborative association who’s “Mission” is in the development and recommending strategies to prevent and control gang crime, administer professional training as well as assist criminal justice professionals, educators, probation / parole and the public regarding gangs in their communities.
The Midwest Gang Investigators Association supports new techniques for the identification and apprehension of gang members and encourages legislation related to the reduction of gang related crimes. The Iowa Chapter of the MGIA is the leading non-governmental, volunteer organization in the State of Iowa through which information and trends concerning gang activity are exchanged by practitioners in the field. That information is then used by our members to go back to their respective communities to educate members of the criminal justice community concerning gang trends and activity. The MGIA receives no financial support from any governmental agency, and must rely solely on the membership dues of our members.
There is an impression that exists that street gangs are no longer a serious national problem ….. that they have gone away. This is not true! There has been a recent surge in gang activity throughout the United States as reported by cities and counties of all sizes.
On June 1, 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated “Law Enforcement can’t do it alone.” “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. Putting gangs out of business will take unprecedented, community-wide cooperation.”