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In recent years, gang activity in Northern Virginia involved the group MS-13, but now gang recruitment statewide is synonymous with the name Latin Kings.

The arrest and trial of member Sergio Salcedo taught law enforcement about the group's colors, gang signs, and tattoos, and that gangs now use technology and social media for recruitment. And while many people migrated from the once-popular MySpace to Facebook, gangs began using the less scrutinized MySpace.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told attendees that they must learn how to process a case effectively and also how to dry up gang recruitment. He says as officers make their way into prevention positions, they'll receive the proper tools to be more successful.

Trainees are also required to watch the "Big Lie," a training video for students and others in which gang members explain their top lies to recruit kids. The video is especially effective in helping divert young girls from human trafficking.

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