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Gangs Conference

Topics Covered:

  • The Emerging Threat of Mexican Drug Cartels in the U.S.
  • Gangs and the Military
  • Gang Violence - Understanding Gangs and Crime in Texas
  • West Texas Border Violence
  • Gangs from a School District Perspective
  • Texas Prison Gangs and Mexican Organized Crime
  • Prison Gangs, Tattoos, and Structures
  • How to Utilize a Strength-based Approach with Gang Members
  • Effective Gang Prevention Models
  • Innovative Solutions to Gang Prevention

Who Should Attend:

  • Jail/Prison
  • Community Corrections
  • Leadership
  • Support Staff
  • Other
  • Law Enforcement Peronnel
  • School Administration

Training Hours: 20


Jul 30 (03:00 pm) - Aug 02, 2012 (12:00 pm)



Location Information:

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, TX

Hotel Information: *

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, TX

Reservations should be made by July 11, 2012 to ensure the federal rate of $109.00.

Sign-in/Registration will be on July 30, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on July 31, 2012 from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. The conference will begin on July 31, 2012, at 8:00 am and conclude at noon on August 2, 2012.


Emil Garza is Program Supervisor I in the Security Threat Group Management Office for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) based in Huntsville. He has served TDCJ since 1994. Emil provides STG training for criminal justice personnel at the local, state, and federal levels and advises law enforcement agencies on investigations dealing with STG-related matters. He also delivers anti-gang presentations to private and public schools.

Victor Gonzalez serves as the Director of Program Services for the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office in Houston, Texas. He is in charge of supervising the delivery of service for all 7 programs in the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office and assisting with policy recommendations for the city and development of gang intervention specialists in the office. Victor has more than 20 years of experience working with high-risk youth, including 15 years spent working directly with youth involved with Houston-area gangs. This work included substance abuse intervention, recreation, and various prevention programs.

Jose M. Garza is the Director of Homeland Security for Kansas City Southern Raillines assigned to the JTTF and Railroad Liaison, at the FBI Office in McAllen, Texas. He is involved in the planning, implementation and support of critical railroad security functions regarding the railroad, its employees, assets, and national security. Prior to his current position, Jose was an Intelligence Analyst for the FBI in McAllen, Texas for over twelve years. During that period and currently, Jose continues to conduct strategic analysis and tracking the border violence associated with the drug cartels and their movements in South Texas and the Southwest Border. He tracks the Mexican railroad systems in Mexico and provides threat assessments to law enforcement on the rail movements, the sea ports and threats the Mexican railroad poses to the US.

Jason Sole is a former drug dealer, leader of a notorious street gang, and a three-time convicted felon. He has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities due to his criminal activity, and despite the height of the odds stacked against him, Sole earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice. Jason is an instructor in the School of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He provides training and case development at AMICUS, an organization that helps inmates and ex-offenders through positive relationship-building, restorative justice practices, and individualized transition services. Sole serves as a mentor and facilitator at 180 Degrees, Inc., providing intervention, prevention, and supportive services to juvenile and adults. Jason is a national trainer and facilitator for the Council for Boys & Young Men, an organization that utilizes a strengths-based group approach to promote a safe and healthy passage through the preteen and adolescent years. He also works with volunteers and sex-offenders through the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Detective John Bowman has over 23 years of law enforcement experience. John currently works gang and narcotics related crimes for the Organized Crime Section of the Killeen Police Department. John holds a Master Peace Officer Certification, a Police Instructors License, and is a licensed Forensic Hypnotist from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). He is a long-time member of the Texas Gang Investigators Association (TGIA) and is currently Sergeant at Arms. He has instructed numerous law enforcement officers, educators, and other professionals on a variety of topics dealing with criminal street gangs, their members, and the dangers they pose to communities.

As with all Special Program Division trainings, for every 3 paid registrations from one Agency, a fourth registration is free.

For more information, contact:
Ashley Koonce, Project Coordinator
Correctional Management Institute of Texas
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Building
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2296
Fax: (936) 294-1671
Phone: (936) 294-1706

Cancellation Policy:
If paid, full refunds will be given to those who cancel in writing more than ten (10) working days prior to the training. A refund of 70% of the fees paid will be authorized when a written request for cancellation and refund of conference or program fees is submitted less than ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled start of the program. If unpaid, those who cancel in writing more than ten (10) working days prior to the training will have all fees waived. When a written request for cancellation is submitted less than ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled start of the program, the participant will be responsible for 30% of the conference rate at the time they registered. The Correctional Management Institute of Texas reserves the right to retain or collect fees in full for those who fail to cancel in writing prior to the training or for those who fail to attend. Substitutions are permitted at anytime.

* Unless otherwise noted, hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.

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