Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force
The Leesburg Police Department participates in the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, which is a multi-jurisdictional partnership of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies established to address gang activity in Northern Virginia through enforcement, prevention, and intervention. Its goal is to make the region inhospitable to gang activity.
Additional information about the NVRGTF and resources can be found at their website: http://www.preventgangsnova.org/
The Reality of Gangs / La Realidad de Las Pandillas
FBI’s Washington Metro Safe Streets Task Force
The Leesburg Police Department assigns a detective as a Task Force Officer on the FBI’s Washington Metro Safe Streets Task. The goal of this task force is to disrupt and dismantle violent criminal enterprises using the strength of the federal criminal justice system. By partnering with the FBI, LPD has been able to extend its reach across the country and globe to bring some of our most violent gang and drug offenders to justice.
For more information on the FBI’s Safe Streets program, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/gangs/violent-gang-task-forces.
Gang Prevention in our Schools
Leesburg Police Department's School Resource Officers utilize Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) and Virginia Rules programs to teach gang awareness and prevention.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is an evidence-based transnational gang and violence prevention program that has been building trust between law enforcement and communities for almost 30 years.
G.R.E.A.T. is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. It is designed for recruitment and introduction into the gang lifestyle and delinquent behavior.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed, classroom curricula. It provides a continuum of components for children and their families. These components include a 13-lesson middle school curriculum, a 6-lesson elementary school curriculum, a summer component, and a families component.
Virginia Rules is Virginia’s state-specific, law-related education program for middle and high school students. The purpose of Virginia Rules is to educate young Virginians about Virginia laws and help them develop skills needed to make sound decisions, to avoid breaking laws, and to become active citizens of their schools and communities.
Virginia Rules features lessons designed for middle and high school students. The gang specific component of Virginia Rules addresses how gangs are defined in Virginia law, other laws addressing gangs, gang-related crimes, recognizing gangs, reasons people join gangs, and strategies for resisting gang involvement.