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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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Lara Sisselman, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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~ For the second time, Virginia's leading anti-gang organization has recognized AG Herring for his work to crack down on gang violence and support gang investigators and prosecutors in the Commonwealth ~

VIRGINIA BEACH (October 17, 2017) - Today Attorney General Mark R. Herring was honored by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association (VGIA) for his support of gang investigators and prevention of gang violence in the Commonwealth.  For more than 25 years, VGIA has been the premier law enforcement organization for training and up-to-date information on the latest gang trends and prevention techniques.  Thousands of investigators across the Commonwealth have learned about gangs and honed their skills in trainings given by the VGIA, including OAG's prosecutors. Attorney General Herring accepted the award at the VGIA's 19th Annual Training Conference in Virginia Beach.

"I'm really proud of the work we're doing together with Virginia law enforcement to fight gang violence with smart, tough prosecutions, and to help young people avoid getting mixed up with gangs in the first place," said Attorney General Herring. "The VGIA is the premier anti-gang organization in the state, which is why it's such an honor to receive this recognition from those who are working on the front lines of this fight every day. I'm proud to be a partner with VGIA, and I look forward to continuing our work to make our communities and our Commonwealth safer."

Attorney General Herring's team has worked on more than three dozen prosecutions against gang members around the state resulting in nearly 750 years in sentences. High profile convictions include:

In addition to tough prosecutions, Attorney General Herring and his team have invested in prevention and education to keep young people from getting involved in gangs. His statewide Virginia Rules program helps young people understand the dangers of gangs, and he and his team have invested directly in gun and gang violence prevention in Hampton Roads and in Richmond.