NCGIA Awards

The North Carolina Gang Investigators Association (NCGIA) and Gang Free North Carolina (GFNC) awards has been developed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of law enforcement, corrections officers, departments, gang units, youth, programs and criminal justice professionals in the Carolinas.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Award nominations are due post-dated by June 1st of each calendar year.

  2. Nominations should be emailed to: Awards@TheNCGIA.org or in person to any region coordinator or board member of the NCGIA.

  3. Award winner announcements will be made during the Annual Conference, currently held in August of each calendar year. Awards will be presented and the winners will be formally honored at that time. Official announcements will be placed on the NCGIA website immediately following the annual conference.

  4. Nominations may be made by any component within those agencies or departments assigned to or in support of gang enforcement, prevention and/or intervention.

  5. There is no limit on the number of submissions allowed.

  6. You do not have to be a member of NCGIA or GFNC to be nominated for an award unless specifically stated in the individual awards criteria.

  7. A nomination packet must include a completed copy of the submission form and a narrative must be included. The narrative must address the award selection criteria and describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee. (Guidance on the content and length of the narrative is included in the specific criteria for each award.  The narrative must address the award selection criteria)

  8. Items submitted for nomination become the property of NCGIA, which may be reproduced and distributed as appropriate.

  9. Winners need not be present to receive the award. If the winner is not present, alternative measures will be made for the issuing of the award.

  10. Photographs, clippings, videos or other relevant materials may also be submitted

  11. The Executive NCGIA Board evaluates the nominations and selects the winners. Decisions of the NCGIA Executive Board, whose deliberations are independent and private, are final. At the discretion of the NCGIA Executive Board, there may be more than one winner in each designated category.

Awards Nomination Form

NCGIA Executive Board consists of the President, 2-Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.

****President only votes if a tie exists****

 

Award Categories

Jeremiah Goodson Award

 

On July 17, 2012, we lost Jeremiah Goodson Jr. Jeremiah was the epitome of a good son, brother, friend, husband and father. As a Law Enforcement Officer, Jeremiah set a standard of excellence.

 

The Jeremiah Goodson Award is the highest award that the North Carolina Gang Investigators can bestow upon an individual.

 

This award is conferred upon an individual who has met the highest standards of excellence that Jeremiah Goodson set throughout his life. The recipient of the Jeremiah Goodson Award has made significant achievements and contributions with the dedication and determination to gang violence and keeping communities safe in the State of North Carolina.

Meritorious Award

 

The Meritorious Service Award presented by the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in gang prevention, intervention, and suppression or reentry efforts.

 

The NCGIA’s Meritorious Service Award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally meritorious service performance and to honor an individual’s accomplishments over a sustained period. The criteria included:

 

-Must have interagency impact within the State of North Carolina.

-Displayed exceptional leadership within the command or its functions, i.e. leadership position within the NCGIA during any event or program.

Investigator of the Year Award (LEO)

 

The NCGIA/GFNC Awards Program presents the Investigator of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding individual accomplishments during the award period. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Evidence of individual ability to investigate gang activity.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the area of gang investigations.

  • Innovative and creative use of resources to effectively combat gang activity.

  • Employed by any Local, State or Federal Officer

  • Innovative and creative use of resources to combat gang activity

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee.

 

 

Corrections Officer of the Year

 

The NCGIA/GFNC Awards Program presents the Corrections Officer of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding individual accomplishments during the award period. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Evidence of individual ability to investigate gang activity.

  • Evidence of individual ability to reduce and/or effectively monitor gang activity of offenders on community supervision

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the area of gang investigations.

  • Innovative and creative use of resources to effectively combat gang activity.

  • Is employed by any Department of Juvenile Justice or Department of Corrections agency or their equivalent primarily in the areas of non-institutional, community based probation, parole or equivalent services

 

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee.

 

 

Gang Unit of the Year Award

 

The NCGIA/GFNC Awards Program presents the Gang Unit of the Year Award for law enforcement agencies in recognition of outstanding unit accomplishments during the award period. The criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Evidence of unit’s ability to successfully combat gang activity.

  • Creation or development of innovative gang enforcement strategies.

  • Mission accomplishments and successes at the unit level resulting in a decrease in gang activity.

  • Can be awarded to any Local, State or Federal Unit/Agency

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer that three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominated unit.

 

Gang Prosecutor of the Year Award

 

The NCGIA/GFNC Awards Program presents the Gang Prosecutor of the Year Award

in recognition of outstanding individual accomplishments during the award period. The

criteria considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • This award is given to a prosecutor who goes above and beyond the call of duty and displays dedication and determination to the State of North Carolina and the fight against organized crime and/or criminal gang activity.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the area of State and/or Federal laws regarding laws combating gangs.

  • This prosecutor has developed and deployed creative and innovative approaches to combating gang crimes and strives to make the community a safer place.

  • Employed by any Local, State or Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single spaced, and should

describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee.

 

Civilian of the Year

 

Awarded to any civilian involved in the course of gang intervention, prevention or suppression of gangs in the community.

 

  • Creation or development of innovative ideas for gang intervention, prevention or suppression of gangs in the community

  • Shows dedication and goes above and beyond for the community

  • Devotes a significant amount of time to gang intervention, prevention or suppression of gangs in the community

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee.

 

 

Region Coordinator of the Year

 

Awarded to a Region Coordinator that has went above and beyond what is expected when volunteering to NCGIA.

 

  • Meets the regional coordinator criteria set forth by NCGIA

  • Devotes a significant amount of time to NCGIA and/or GFNC

 

 

Special Achievement Award

 

Awarded to any law enforcement and/or prosecutors involved in the course of investigating and prosecuting a significant gang related case in North Carolina or South Carolina.

 

  • Devotes a significant amount of time to investigate and prosecute the mentioned case

  • Shows dedication and goes above and beyond to combat gangs in relation to case.

  • Results of case need to include at least one guilty verdict or plea.

  • Can be awarded to multiple persons involved in one case

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee(s).

 

 

Program of the Year

 

  • Operate as a program for children and youth outside of the school day. Preschool, after-school, weekend, and/or summer programs, however, may have a school-based component or use school space. Multi-site initiatives that meet the criteria also are eligible;

  • Operate as a program for adults and/or families with goals such as education, employment, counseling, parenting or something closely related;

  • Serve gang involved youth/families or those youth/families who are at risk of gang membership;

  • Program must concentrate in at least one of the four areas of treatment- prevention, intervention, diversion or re-entry;

  • Concentrate on children and youth who live in family and community circumstances that limit their opportunities;

  • Have effective methods in place to evaluate the program, success and failures, with current and past measurements of program available;

  • Program provides participants with ongoing, regularly scheduled sessions; one-time and occasional programs will not be considered;

  • Integrate humanities education programs with youth development goals (e.g., enhanced leadership skills, self-confidence, social skills, anger management and team building);

  • Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe; and

be in good standing if a federal grant recipient.

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee(s).

 

Youth of the Year

 

Youth of the Year recognizes a youth ages 14-18 that has exceeded in one or more of the following:

 

  • Promotes service to community and family

  • Academic success and / or improvement

  • Possess strong moral character

  • Presents with life goals

  • Presents with poise and public speaking ability

  • Fosters growth in self and peers

  • Overcomes obstacles with solution thinking

  • Possess leadership qualities

 

The nomination narrative should be no longer than three pages, single-spaced, and should describe the specific accomplishments of the nominee(s).

2019 Award Recipients

Jeremiah Goodson Award

L.W., Wilmington PD FBI TFO

Correction Officer of the Year

B.T., NCDPS PPO JD22

Gang Investigator of the Year

K.D.- Jacksonville PD/ATF TFO

 

J.W. New Bern PD

Gang Unit of the Year

G.H.O.S.T. Gang & High Risk Offender Suppression Team

Fayetteville PD                     

Prosecutor of the Year

L.H. AUSA

Civilian of the Year

M.G., NC State University

Program of the Year

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Officer Detention Prevention Team

Meritorious Award

M.S., CMPD SSTFO

 

R.T., USAF-Retired  

 

S.S., Cumberland County SO

 

M.B., Fayetteville PD-Retired

Special Achievement Awards

Z.W.,  

 

Violent Crime Initiative, Greensboro Police Department,  

 

T.M., Winston-Salem PD 

 

Winston-Salem PD Gang Unit, 

 

Burlington PD Gang and Violent Crime Unit,

 

M.T., Charlotte Mecklenburg PD,             

 

Operation 190- Jacksonville PD, New Bern PD, Morehead City PD, Onslow County SO, Craven County SO, Carteret County SO, Sampson County SO, Pamlico County SO, Beaufort County SO, ATF

 

Charlotte Mecklenburg PD SIOD TF       

 

Hamlet Gang Initiative- Hamlet PD, NCSHP, Rockingham PD, ATF, Richmond Co SO, FBI, NC ALE, Middle District of NC, NCDPS, US Department of Justice

Region Coordinator of the Year

G.G., Region 2, NCSHP

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All recipients are by initials only due to safety precautions.  If you would like further information please contact a member of the NCGIA Executive Board.

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