Research and analysis

Social network analysis of an urban street gang using police intelligence data

This research aimed to explore the use of social network analysis as a technique to aid understanding of a local gang.

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Social network analysis of an urban street gang using police intelligence data

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This report uses intelligence data from Greater Manchester Police to systematically understand local gangs, helping target police activities. The method identifies interrelations in gang-related, criminal, and drugs-related networks within the data, and demonstrates the importance of understanding the strong role of other social links within a network.

The report is accompanied by a practical ‘How to guide’ for police forces considering using this approach.

Published 13 January 2016