Through the collaborative efforts of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Department of Community Supervision and the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Database is now operational.

The database is a statewide repository and intelligence database that contains information about various criminal street gangs, criminal street gang members and associates and criminal street gang activities.

The purpose of the database is:

• To expand the recognition and identification of criminal street gangs, their members/associates and criminal street gang activities.

• To increase officer safety by improving the sharing of information among multiple jurisdictions using computer intelligence database technology.

• To enhance community security through the prosecution of criminal street gangs and their members/associates.

The statute for the database was enacted in 2010. Under Gov. Kemp's administration, the implementation of this database has been made a priority.

The following agencies participated in the pilot program: Department of Community Supervision, Georgia Department of Corrections, Hall County Sheriff's Office, Morrow Police Department, South Fulton Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Sheriff's Office and the GBI. As of Feb. 4 the system contained more than 100 gangs and more than 17,000 gang members and associates.

All state, county and municipal law enforcement, prosecution and corrections agencies, offices and departments may furnish information acquired relating to criminal street gangs and gang activity to the GBI to be included in the database. Email GCSGD@gbi.ga.gov requesting access and to complete the necessary training.

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