Gangs (2)

Someone has just tweeted in a very timely fashion a link to this 2010 report on Gangs, which was commissioned by Labour and why they say hasn’t been acted upon by the current  Government. It includes some definitions:

How the police define and understand gangs

There was not one accepted definition of a ‘gang’ in the police service and it was clear from various personnel in the same police areas that definitions varied locally. For example, police officers gave us definitions varying from just a group of young people gathering on streetcorners to organised crime networks. However, the most common understanding of a ‘gang’ held by police intelligence units was a group of people who identified as a group, usually through a name, who were geographically based and had some involvement in criminal activity.

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  • Quietzaple  On August 13, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Al Capone and West Side Story perhaps represent the most famous but the BBC wireless programme “Hi Gang!” took the word where most of us became gang members.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_Gang!

    Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon were very popular when radio was king and the phrase: “Hi Gang!” meant “I belong here with you my (usually) self adoptive family and we know how we stand with regard to oneanother.”

    Many politicians would feel uncomfortable in such groups: those who usually seek to dominate and take advantage are uncomfortable gang members.

    ID cards would have made the sus inspections far more nearly acceptable: the sub text even for a yardie or EDL member would have been that it was there to catch some hated group member.

    Those who screeched: “My Liberties! My Liberties!” on security measures which have or would have had minimal impact on honest law abiding folk may eventually reconsider, but I expect I shall be dead then.

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