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Law enforcement officials are using the Gang Graffiti Automatic Recognition and Interpretation (GARI) system to identify and track gang activity in their communities. A user takes an image of gang graffiti or tatoos using a smartphone or tablet and immediately receives an interpretation of the gang affiliation, what the image means, and historical information and geographical locations of other images, helping to track gang movement, growth, membership, and activity.
"GARI CAN REALLY HELP THE STREET OFFICERS BECAUSE IT'S AVAILABLE 24/7-IT'S QUICK AND INSTANTANEOUS."
Thousands of gang graffiti and tattoo images have been uploaded to GARI since the fall of 2012. GARI is available for Android and iOS platforms and has a Web-based interface for use with other platforms, such as desktop computers and mobile devices. GARI was deployed to the Indiana Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the INGang Network, the Cook County Sherriff's Office in Illinois, and 15 other police departments.