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CIRV - Community Initiative to Reduce Violence is our programme to tackle street gangs. Please read below for further information.

If you are in a gang and want to get out ring 07539 183975 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have a team ready to help you.

The AIM team are running 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.  This programme is based on the highly successful, independently evaluated and evidence based programme of the same name which ran in Glasgow, Cincinnati and Boston (USA) that resulted in huge reductions in gang violence with increased life chances for programme participants. 

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.

CIRV is a multi-agency and community centred project designed to reduce violent behaviour amongst gang members and those at risk of gangs across Northamptonshire.  CIRV will help achieve other positive outcomes for Northamptonshire including reducing the impact and incidents of anti social behaviour, reducing the involvement of young people in crime and reducing the fear of crime.  The message perpetuated to street gangs is clear - the violence and drugs must stop.

CIRV co-ordinates law enforcement, service providers, and community members to ensure those who participate in violent gangs recieve due consequences and those who choose to tranisition to a non-violent lifestyle, receive the appropriate services and support in the most effective, efficient and respectful manner possible.

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. 

CIRV Resources

  1. PDF Document

    In a Gang? We can help

    Created: 21/01/2019
    Filesize: 0.49MB

    This poster displays the phone number you can ring if you are in a gang and want help to get out. You can also use this number if you a parent concerned about your child being in a gang. We are here to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Click here to download

  2. PDF Document

    Referral Form for CIRV

    Created: 25/01/2019
    Filesize: 0.19MB

    Please click open this document to access the link to refer into CIRV.

    Click here to download

  3. Word Document

    Signs of Gang Involvement

    Created: 26/02/2019
    Filesize: 0.02MB

    Signs of Gang Involvement Document - Please use this document if you are a professional or a parent to understand the signs of gang involvement and to help you with the referral you may go on to complete to CIRV.

    Click here to download



CIRV - Community Initiative to Reduce Violence is our programme to tackle street gangs.

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