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CIRV - Community Initiative to Reduce Violence is our programme to help reduce the drugs and violence associated with gangs. Please read below for further information about our programme.

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.

What is CIRV?

CIRV - Community Initiative to Reduce Violence is a gang’s intervention programme to help reduce violence and drugs associated with gangs.

CIRV - has been running since its official launch in February this year.  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.

We offer a unique tailored response to each of our cohort.  Where possible, we visit within 24 hours of a referral to visit and assess what the person we are working with might need.  It is not a one size fits all approach.  We do have a list of interventions to choose from but we will also source an intervention that we may not already have in place if it what is required to help that person turn their life around.  We are forward thinking and flexible in our ideas and approaches.

An important part of the process is our Triage Meeting. Our new referrals come in through our website aimonline.org.uk.  Once a week we host a multi-agency triage meeting. Representatives attend and we run through each individual we have in pending and we discuss any new referrals.  Each week we are seeing an increase in the number of referrals that are coming in. 

Support Services

In CIRV we are committed to providing various programmes and services to our clients that are of the highest quality.  The programmes are designed to provide opportunities to people to give them the chance to make a change to their chaotic lifestyles either through education, employment or other diversionary schemes.

GPS Tagging

A mandatory condition of receiving support is that all adults wear A GPS (Buddi) tracker.

Benefits of the tracker are:

Quickly ruled out of of crime thereby reducing the need to bring into custody unnecessarily.

Reduce disruption caused to wearers and their families by negating the need for curfew checks and disruption visits.

Support and empower wearers to make positive lifestyle decisions, avoid peer pressure and move away from offending thereby reducing the risk of reoffending

Protect the vulnerable.

Other support

Strong links have been forged with a number of non statutory partners who are able to provide support to our cohort.  Including just some of the following:


Support in relation to substance abuse

Careers advise through dedicated Prospects staff who now work within our team.

Family support through Action for Children

Vocational training is available via Goodwill Solutions and Goodwill Learning Academy.

Tactical support

Recognising that this programme was likely to be the largest undertaking of many of our careers it was vital we got it right first time.  We enlisted the help of Dr Will Graham of Abertay University in Scotland who lectures in criminology.  Dr Graham is a former police officer and was the deputy lead of CIRV Glasgow and ran all 10 “Call in “ events.  He advises us on operational aspects of CIRV.  In addition to that we also enlist the support of Prof Steve Peters (Author of the Chimp Paradox) to deliver work on offender profiling to our team. This enables us to use basic psychology to deliver better services and maximise our effectiveness.

CIRV Highlights from the last six months:

  • We have a gang phone number that can be called 24 hours a day 7 days a week which is monitored by our team.
  • Launch of the Northants Support Directory www.aimonline.org.uk.
  • CIRV Advertising Campaign running from April to September to raise awareness of CIRV and increase referrals into CIRV. This is on bus shelters, billboards and digital billboards across the county.  All visuals produced for this campaign did not feature any real images of knives or any images that could be seen as traumatic.    As we know that the fear factor can encourage young people to carry knives.  We believe our campaign strengthens prevention work in relation to the carrying of knives. 
  • Participation in OP Serpent which is an operation to disrupt drug supply and organised crime through custody visits to offer CIRV support and encourage sign up to CIRV.
  • Launch of the Peer to Peer support group on What’s App for the cohort.
  • National Citizens Scheme team working with us for two weeks in July to promote CIRV and to engage with the public about gangs and knife crime.
  • Increase in the number in the cohort who are wearing the Buddi GPS tracker.
  • We have had colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police, Cambridgeshire Police and Wiltshire Police visit us to understand more about our CIRV programme.
  • Visited numerous schools to carry out assemblies in relation to CIRV and gangs and knife crime.
  • Being referenced as national best practice in violence prevention from the Centre for Social Justice.
  • Being featured on Look East twice once in relation to the Call in and once in relation to the disruption side of CIRV
  • The team received the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire award for recognition of great and valuable services to the community.  Which we were humbled and honoured to accept.
  • My BK YD event at Rockingham Castle where a number of local businesses signed up to the scheme.
  • CIRV Call in Event in March – In March this year we ran our first Call In Event. Which is designed to promote CIRV and deliver our message to a select group of gang members, partners and key members of the community. We invited 15 gang members or those at risk of becoming involved in gangs.  There was numerous other invited guests from the community including parents of gang members, guest speakers and members of the local and national press.The session is designed to show gang members the negative consequences of gang life and then encourage them to live a life that is free of violence and drugs.The next Call in will be in October
  • Continued increase in the number of referrals that are coming into the team.
  • We have assisted on a case by case basis on a number of individual school exclusion cases to try and find an acceptable outcome for the young person and the school that doesn’t involve them being excluded.

Team Members

The team is made up of 11 police officers, 1 Sergeant and 1 police staff equivalent manager and 2 administrative staff. We are based across two sites one in Northampton and one in Kettering. We also have working with us mentors, family support workers, careers advisors, PADS and an ex gang member amongst other various services and interventions. We work closely with Children’s services (inc Social Care, Early Help and Education & Inclusion), Schools and Colleges, YOS, Housing and health provides further opportunities for support. Partnership working is key to the project.

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. 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

  3. PDF Document

    Lisa Lashes School of Music Course August 2019

    Created: 16/07/2019
    Filesize: 1.12MB

    Lisa Lashes School of Music Course August 2019

    Click here to download



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