The Golden Isles Gang
Suppression Unit was started by the Brunswick Police Department in
partnership with the US Attorney's Office on August 25, 2006 as one preventative
measure to assist agencies statewide with the education needed to track,
investigate, and arrest Offenders as defined under the Official Code of
Georgia Annotated 16-15-3(1) Criminal Street Gangs. During the
first commencement, seventy police officers from agencies residing all
over Georgia attended. Members from the Georgia Gang Investigators
Association attended as well as the FBI, GBI, ATF, Customs, Probations,
Glynn County Sheriff's Office, Glynn County Police Department, Valdosta
College Police, Valdosta Federal Task Force, Toombs County, Southeast
Georgia Health System, Coastal Georgia Community College Police, Glynn
County School Resource Officers, Glynn County District Attorney's
Office, ROCIC, US Attorney's Office and Chatham County District
Attorneys office. Other interested participants are the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office. GIGS now also includes Brunswick Housing
Authority and the Appling County Sheriff's Office as well. In
addition, GIGS partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of
The mission statement of G.I.G.S.
- To implement a network for all local, state,
and federal agencies for the purpose of tracking traditional as well as
non-traditional organizations, associations, or groups of three or more
individuals that desire to be involved in criminal activities and are
associated in fact, whether formal or informal.
- To educate law enforcement personnel on
current trends, activities, and laws on terrorists, motorcycle gangs, and
street gangs as well as provide the members with the training to become
expert witnesses in a judicial setting.
- To provide members with the type training
that qualifies them as a Gang Specialist or Street Gang Specialist.
- To provide law enforcement agencies the
opportunity to work together in a joint effort so that agencies who are in
need of assistance, "but are unsure of resources available to
them" receive the assistance needed from other agencies without
burdening any agency in order to initiate street gang roundups,
investigations and preventative measures.