More gangs are showing up in Virginia than ever before. That's from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Monday, officers specializing in gang patrol told law enforcement and school leaders to be on the look out for activity.

More than a hundred people from across the state sat in on the class learning what tattoos, clothing colors and hand shakes are typically associated with gangs.

"Gangs will crop up anywhere that they're allowed to be recruited. If strangers come into town and the kids are flocking to them parents and leaders should pay attention to who it is," said Gary Clore, manager of the Gang and Security Threat Group from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office hosted the class. Sheriff Mike Taylor says there isn't a trend of gangs showing up in the county.

But wants the department to know what to look for rather than finding out when it's too late.