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The estimates were provided on a voluntary basis and may include estimates of gang members as well as gang associates.
During the years the NGTA is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nationuse reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties.
NGIC law enforcement partners provided information and guidance regarding new trends and intelligence through an online request for information via the NGIC Law Enforcement Online (LEO) Special Interest Group (SIG), which is now NGIC Online.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide continuously report new and emerging gang trends to the NGIC, as the NGIC continues to operate as a repository and dissemination hub for gang intelligence.
The FBI and the NGIC do not recommend that jurisdictions use the estimated gang membership totals as exact counts for the numbers of gang members.
These numbers are not used by the FBI or NGIC to rank jurisdictions on gang activity.