Restricted Canada Border Services Agency Tattoo Handbook

Canada Border Services Agency Organized Crime Section

  • 84 pages
  • Protected A
  • May 2008
  • 8.04 MB


Tattoos are useful indicators to identify individuals who are members of a gang or a criminal organization. It is important to note that an image may have several different, occasionally innocuous, meanings, depending on the interpretation of the individual or gangs using it.

The Organized Crime Section (OCS) is providing the following tattoos and their definitions as a tool to assist officers in detecting gang members or members of a criminal organization. It is important that Border Services Officers contact their Regional Intelligence Officers to assist in determining a subject’s admissibility to Canada.

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