WELCOME TO THE NEWEST AND FASTEST DEVELOPING GANG INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION IN THE COUNTRY!
The New Mexico Gang Investigators Association was formed on September 11th, 2020, by criminal justice professionals with a vision of what could be and should be. The already limited resources to combat gangs in our state have become static. Our goal is to bolster these existing resources and assist in developing new ones. This mission will be carried out by establishing a unified and well organized, statewide front to combat gangs and enhance the "official" understanding of the importance of gang investigations. We endeavor to set the standard for gang investigations in support of recognizing the practice as a professional field. Our end goal is to be the "go to" resource for all agencies, governmental and private, in the field of gang investigations.
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For every officer, there are 5+ documented gang members in NM. More than half of our inmate population are documented gang members, attributing to majority of institutional drug trafficking and violence. New Mexico is 1 of 5 states without laws that define gang-related terms and the only state without laws that provide for penalties, enhanced penalties, fines, or damages for gang-related criminal acts. New Mexico leads the nation in property crime, is second highest for violent crime and sixth highest for drug-related crime.
Gangs are an international and domestic threat, offering at minimum a network of criminal associates. In some cases, have been structured as paramilitary organizations. Some identify with and have gone as far as traveling to fight along side known terrorist organizations. Approximately 2-5% of our military personnel have some level of gang affiliation. Gangs are evolving beyond the traditional "barrio" concept, forming new alliances and partnering with TCOs. Members are of mixed races, ethnicity and may belong to more than one gang.
The New Mexico Gang Investigators Association is a non-profit organization comprised of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Prosecution, Intelligence, and Probation & Parole, dedicated to mitigating and suppressing gang-related crime in New Mexico through information sharing, enhanced awareness through training, and inter-agency cooperation.
WHAT IS A GANG?
A gang is defined as a group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol, or name and who individually or collectively engage in, or have engaged in, criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
The NMGIA investigates: