TxGANG. DPS’ Gang and Gang Member Data Repository. What is TxGang?. A statewide repository of records related to criminal gangs and criminal street gang members. .
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DPS’ Gang and Gang Member Data Repository
A statewide repository of records related to criminal gangs and criminal street gang members.
TxGang was mandated by the Texas Legislature in 1999, to encourage and expedite the exchange of criminal intelligence information between and among law enforcement agencies.
(c) If a local law enforcement agency compiles and maintains information under this chapter relating to a criminal street gang, the agency shall send the information to the department.
(d) The department shall establish an intelligence database and shall maintain information received from an agency under Subsection (c) in the database in accordance with the policies established under 28 C.F.R. Section 23.1 et seq. and the submission criteria under Article 61.02(c).
Gang Intelligence Database
• Requires counties with a population of 100,000 or more and cities with a population of 50,000 or more to compile and maintain a local/regional gang database. This requires virtually every geographical area in Texas to monitor and record gangs and gang members as well as report that information to TxDPS.
• Requires CFR training for all who input or retrieve info every 2 years.
Afederal or state agencythat is engaged in the administration of criminal justice; or
Amunicipal or county agency, or school district law enforcement agency, that is engaged in the administration of criminal justice; or
A non-gov’t railroad or campus police department with an originating agency identifier (ORI)issued by the FBI.
For access to TxGang, send an email to [email protected] and one of the site administrators will help your agency get set up.
Governed by 28 CFR Part 23, a Federal regulation which sets guidelines to protect the privacy rights of individuals by requiring “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity AND submission criteria.
A TxGang record must be supported by documentation, a report that contains:
a) Information relevant to an identification of an organization that is
reasonably suspected of involvement in criminal activity AND
b) Consists of entry criteria defined in the Texas Criminal Code of Procedure, Chapter 61.
*No record may be submitted if the information was obtained illegally.
Under TX CCP 61.02(c)(2), potential gang members must meet a standard of observed criteria before they are entered into TxGang.
TxGang tracks the criteria combination requirements for the user, so the points only need to be kept up with in order to know if a gang member is ready to be entered into the database.
TxGang is in the midst of working with the FBI to submit partial gang member records to NCIC.
TxGang is customizable in its ability to create unique fields for an agency that may track something that other agencies do not.