Operation Ceasefire webinar

A webinar which discusses the strategy behind the project on which the VRU based the CIRV gangs project is now available online.

CIRV (the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), which the VRU ran in Glasgow's east end and north side for two years, saw reductions of almost 50% in violence offending amongst those gang members who took part in the project. CIRV was based in part on the Group Violence Reduction Strategy, aka Operation Ceasefire. Developed by the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Ceasefire was first tested in Boston in the mid-1990s. Since then it has delivered averae reductions in violent crime of 40 - 45% in a wide range of settings, both in the US and abroad.

The webinar discusses:

  • Group Violence Reduction Strategy principles and logic
  • Basic implemenation steps
  • Direct communication with offenders: core messages and Call Ins
  • Roles of key stakeholders (law enforcement, community, social services)
  • Overcoming historic police- community conflict
  • Outcomes

You can view the webinar here

Those interested in Operation Ceasefire may also be interested in the VRU's October conference, Scotland & Violence Prevention. The conference, which will feature inputs from, among others, Ceasefire creator Dr David Kennedy, will take place from 12 - 15 October at Tulliallan, Fife. Find out more.