The Northwest Virginia Regional Gang Task Force was implemented in 2004 by 10th District Congressman Frank Wolfe utilizing Federal grant funds to support the unit. The GTF currently has seven full time detectives from six jurisdictions in the Shenandoah Valley. The jurisdictions involved in the unit are the City of Winchester, Frederick County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Town of Front Royal, and Clarke County.
The GTF also assists other jurisdictions as far south as Harrisonburg and as far east as Fairfax, Manassas, and Loudoun County. The detectives on the GTF are highly trained in their field. The members have attended trainings all over the country to stay informed and up to date on the ever changing gang trends.
Some of the duties of the GTF are pro-active gang suppression, education and prevention, gathering of intelligence, case investigation, and inter-agency support. The GTF is currently gathering information on six major gangs in the Shenandoah Valley and several other smaller “homegrown” gangs.
The GTF is currently and in the past have been responsible for working several violent crime incidents involving gangs in the region and has been successful in prosecuting several gang members by using the Virginia State Gang Enhancement Criminal Codes.
The GTF strives to inform various community organizations of the different types of gangs by doing presentations, some of these groups include, but not limited to law enforcement agencies and school administrators.