The Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets Gang Unit initiative, was established in 1992. The task force was formed to address violent crime in the Mahoning Valley of Northeast Ohio. Over time, the violent crimes task force has refocused efforts to better address the FBI’s national gang initiative.
About 30,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with approximately 800,000 members operate in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include drug trafficking, robbery, theft, fraud, extortion, prostitution rings, and gun trafficking.
The goal of the Violent Crimes Task Force is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.
The MVVCTF is located with the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), and Youngstown, Ohio Police Department VICE Unit.