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When: Thursday May 17, 2018
Where: ETSU Ball Hall Auditorium, Room 127 (Ball Hall is Building #6:
232 Sherrod Drive
Johnson City, TN  37614

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NASWTN – Northeast Branch Monthly Meeting


Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018


Time: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Location with address: ETSU Ball Hall Auditorium, Room 127

 (Ball Hall is Building #6:

                                      232 Sherrod Drive, Johnson City, TN 37614


Title of Workshop: Introduction to Criminal Street Gangs


Number of Continuing Education Units Offered: Two


Presenter(s) Name: Matthew Gryder, Investigator, JCPD


Biographical Information on Presenter:

Investigator Matthew Gryder has 19 years experience in law enforcement. He has been employed by the Johnson City Police Department since 1999. During this time, he has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, master police officer, officer in charge of the power shift specialized unit, criminal investigator and task force officer.

Investigator Gryder is a certified instructor for firearms, patrol rifle and criminal gangs. He has received more than 338 hours of training regarding criminal gangs. He has also received more than 100 hours of training regarding drugs, computer crimes and cellular phone location. He has been assigned to the FBI Safe Streets Task Force since 2012, where he has investigated violent crimes, drug crimes, and gang crimes. He has participated in investigations that have garnered national attention. These investigations include the Benanti – Witham kidnappings / bank extortions and the Malik Farrad Facebook gun case. Investigator Gryder has participated in large drug conspiracy investigations and has obtained approximately 53 federal drug conspiracy convictions.


Investigator Gryder has testified as an expert witness, concerning drugs and drug language, in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He is a member of the Tennessee Narcotic Officer’s Association, the Tennessee Gang Investigator’s Association and the Tennessee Police Benevolent Association.

Workshop Description:

The goals of this training are to assist mental health professionals in understanding the dynamics of gang influences and gain a working understanding of gang signs, symbols and identifiers. The training will cover the history of gangs in the US, East Coast gangs, regional and local gangs to include gang identification and gang trends. Topics such as gang structure, language, motivation, hand signs, influence, lifestyle, gang violence and retaliation, and intimidation will be covered. As well as, media perception of gang members, police and probation perception, and street perception

Learning Objectives:

By then end of the training, participants will

1.       Identify gang activity in the local community.

2.       Understand and describe risk factors which would make certain youth more susceptible to gangs.

3.       Understand the progression of gang involvement.

4.       Learn different styles of local street gangs.

5.       Recognize gang identifiers.

6.       Be able to describe the dynamics of regional and local gangs as well as the local influence of

          those gangs.

7.       Understand the social impact of gangs in East Tennessee.

Cost of workshop: NASW members $0; Non-member $20; Students $0

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