Graffiti Investigation
Course Category: Investigations
Course Category: Students


Content Provider:
Saskatoon Police Service


2 hours

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Graffiti is a growing problem for police services across Canada, particularly in urban centres. Defacing public or private property projects negative images of a community, decreases property values, and generates concerns about personal safety. There are various motives associated with graffiti crime, ranging from meaningless vandalism to gang-related communications and intimidation. In every case, graffiti impacts on local communities and businesses and cultivates an atmosphere for the perpetration of other crimes.

The Graffiti Investigation course is designed to educate police officers on the crime of graffiti and to explain the procedures to follow when they are responding to the scene of a graffiti complaint.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define graffiti and explain how the offence of mischief gives police the power to lay charges for graffiti related offences
  • Define gang graffiti and explain how it is used for communication
  • Define tag, taggers, and tagging crew and explain the evolution of a graffiti tagger
  • Explain why graffiti crimes are committed and the impact these crimes have on their victims
  • Recall new trends in graffiti and the common paraphernalia and tools used.
  • Explain the procedure to follow when no suspect or a suspect is found at the scene of a graffiti complaint
  • Recall graffiti removal techniques



This course is an introduction to graffiti related offences and is suitable for all officers.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Student, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees