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Understanding contemporary UK gang culture: slang, codes, tattoos, graffiti and music, 24 October 2024

  • A must attend workshop that provides investigators with a contemporary snapshot and best practice around UK gang culture and the important role that slang, codes, tattoos, graffiti and music all play in gang culture.


  • The workshop aims to provide investigators and analysts with vital intelligence that can help inform investigations. It is very much operationally focussed and designed to provide investigators and analysts with key information that could provide vital to an investigation.


  • It will consider the nature of contemporary UK gang culture, their members and associates, their relationship with criminality as well as a look at the types of criminality they are involved in.


  • We will then provide an overview of the role that slang, codes, tattoos and music all play in contemporary gang culture.


  • We’ll look at these in turn and provide up-to-date information about their role and provide advice to investigators on what to look out for in their investigators.


  • Slang, codes, tattoos and music are all important aspects that help gang members express themselves, communicate and demonstrate a sense of belong.


  • They can also be used to demonstrate roles and rankings within a specific gang and can signify loyalty, strength and unity.


  • We’ll provide advice on how to recognise the different slang, codes, tattoos, graffiti and music and what they signify within that particular gang.


  • We’ll also look at how many gangs can be secretive about their markings and the extent they go to, to conceal them.


  • Held online via Teams


  • Certificates of CPD available


Our expert speakers

The day will be led by Dr Simon Harding, who is Director of the National Centre for Gangs Research and an expert witness is gangs and UK gang culture. He was a professor of Criminology at the University of West London.

He has over 40 years of practitioner/professional experience in criminology, crime reduction and community safety with careers at the Home Office, Hackney council, Islington council and as Crime Reduction Director in Lambeth.


He has worked on over 2,500 UK social housing estates, authored numerous reports and in 1999 invented Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs). 


He will be joined by a former gang member who will provide an exclusive insight into gang culture, slangs, codes, tattoos and music.


Further speakers to be announced shortly.


Cost: £189.99 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate).  £229.99 + VAT (Industry rate). 

Group bookings: We offer various discounts for group bookings depending on numbers, please contact us for details.

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. 

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). ​The meeting link will be sent out 7 days before the event.

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