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The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV)

CIRV is a multi-agency and community collaborative effort designed to quickly and dramatically reduce gun violence and associated homicides, with sustained reductions over time.  This focused-deterrence strategy brings together a partnership of multiple law enforcement agencies (local, state, and federal), social service providers, and the community to establish a clear message to violent street groups - Stop the violence and stop the killing.  CIRV was modeled loosely on the Boston Gun Project from the mid-1990's, but is setting new standards for accountability and institutionalization, managerial seriousness, efficiency, and effectiveness. This initiative has been highlighted both locally and internationally for its success and ingenuity.

Engel, R. S., Tillyer, M. S., & Corsaro, N. (2013). Reducing gang violence using focused deterrence: Evaluating the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). Justice Quarterly30(3), 403-439.

Corsaro, N., & Engel, R. S. (2015). Most Challenging of Contexts.Criminology & Public Policy14(3), 471-505.

Uptown Consortium

We are currently working as crime analysts for the Uptown Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of Uptown Cincinnati's five largest employers: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, TriHealth, Inc., and the University of Cincinnati.  One component of the Consortium's mission is to transofrm Uptown into a safe and attractive place to work and live through a public safety initiative.

The ICS’s role in this initiative is applying a problem-oriented approach in Uptown, which includes providing ongoing analyses of crime problems and hot spots, recommending the most effective responses for these locations, and assessing the effectiveness of each response in terms of crime reduction.   

For more information, please contact the Uptown Consortium for monthly reports.