Community Initiative to Reduce Violence

The Achieve, Inspire Maintain Team (AIM) has launched a force wide gangs intervention called CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), it is based on a programme of the same name which ran in Glasgow and was the most successful gang intervention anywhere in the world.

Northamptonshire has, and continues to experience significant issues directly related to gang violence and associated crimes such as drug dealing.  Steadily over time despite hundreds of years of custodial sentences being handed down, the issue of gangs has become worse and this issue now seriously threatens the safety and wellbeing of our communities and in particular young vulnerable people.

One of the key tools that CIRV use to communicate the consequences of violent behaviour to the gang members is the "Self-Referral Session".  This session demonstrates the availiability of services for those choosing to get out of "gang life" and the expectations of the community and the consequences for them should violent acts continue.  It is also a stated expectation that those attending the session will perpetuate the message to other gang members or prospective gang members outside of the self-referral session.

The self referral session is run from a court building and delivered to several gang members at once.  The police deliver a message of strong enforcement for those unwilling to turn their back on violence.  Messages are also delivered from doctors who treat serious injuries, family members of gang members killed or seriously injured and community members.  The final message is that special services and support is available to get people out of gangs and into meaningful and rewarding lives. The police will lead this program of work supported by a variety of partner agencies.

After the self referral session robust case management takes place for those choosing a non violent future.  Police officers and partner agencies will work with the ex gang member in a public health approach, to address the causal issues of their behaviour and open the doors to a brighter future. 

To refer someone to CIRV please use the attached website and click on CIRV Referral at the top of the site which will take you direct to the referral form.

Last updated: 28 Mar 2019