Niagara Gazette

January 23, 2013

Anti-gang conference coming to Lockport

STAFF REPORTS
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette —

A special anti-gang event is coming in April to Lockport High School.

The New York Gang Investigators Association will be holding a Greater Niagara Regional Training Conference from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. April 12. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The presentation will provide an overview of gang activity within Niagara County, as well as other aspects like gang member mentalities and public "performances." The event is open to all.

The conference will touch on social networking investigations as it relates to gang activity. This portion of the conference will provide a general overview of how law enforcement agencies and non-law enforcement agencies can use social networking sites to gain knowledge of gang activity. 

Attendees will also hear information about bullying. The conference will outline a fundamental understanding of bullying consisting of adequate and relevant information regarding the causes, effects and warning signs of bullying. Additionally the course intends to provide strategies to empower children and parents in their efforts to minimize and eliminate the effects of bullying.

Registration is required and is due by April 5. The event costs $40 per person. Early registration is $35 and must be postmarked by Feb. 15. For more information people can contact NYGIA Membership Coordinator Trevor Sergeant at nygiamembership@gmail.com or 585-794-7706. To pay by credit card please call 585-794-7706. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Lockport City School District and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.