Gang codes: The art of deciphering messages

Gangs' use of codes is one of the most fascinating and least understood aspects of gang investigation


Can you keep a secret? Gangs’ use of codes is one of the most fascinating and least understood aspects of gang investigation.  If anything speaks to the fact that these groups are well-established and sophisticated, it is the way that they communicate using gang codes.  Gangs are cultures within our Culture and societies within our Society. 

For example many larger, well established gangs have their own societal rules of behavior (laws), tribunals to punish rule-breakers (courts), dues collection (taxes) and even their own holidays!  The way in which we try to decipher gang codes is also sometimes misunderstood.

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