10.1.3 Identification and Risk Factors
Last updated 12/11/2018
Identification and Risk Factors
Sefton has adopted the following definition which states that a gang is:
A relatively durable, predominantly street-based group of young people
- See themselves (and are seen by others) as a discernible group,
- Engage in a range of criminal activity and violence,
- Identify with or lay claim over territory,
- Have some form of identifying structural feature, and;
- In conflict with other, similar, gangs.
The current definition is supported by the “Dying to belong” (2009) document from the Centre for Social Justice.
A gang member:
Is someone who has self-identified themselves as being a member of a gang (as above), e.g. through verbal statements, correspondence, graffiti etc and this is corroborated by police, partner agencies or community intelligence.
A gang associate:
Is someone who offends with gang members (as above); or who is associated (by police, partner agencies or community intelligence) with gang members; or who has displayed, through conduct or behaviour, a specific desire or intent to become a member of a gang.