BRGVBirmingham Reducing Gang Violence (UK)
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BRGV was set up after Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare were shot dead in Aston in January 2003 when they were caught in the crossfire between rival gangs in Birmingham.
The thinking was that gun-related gangs are not just a criminal issue but also a social, economic and a public health issue and so BRGV was formed to bring together the work of a wide spectrum of organisations including the police, social services, education, public health, housing, urban regeneration bodies and the community itself.
BRGV 1 aims to reduce the impact of gangs through law enforcement measures while BRGV 2 hopes to empower the community with top-level officers engaging with local leaders.
Reducing Gang Violence (BRGV) initiative, which was put in place after the deaths of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare on New Year's Day 2003.
He added: 'Unfortunately, guns are part of society in a way they never were before so the ambition has to be controlling it at manageable levels.' Since taking over the role in 2003 and helping set up the multi-agency Birmingham Reducing Gang Violence (BRGV), Supt O'Neill has seen the average annual number of gun-related incidents in Birmingham of approximately 700 a year between 2000-2004 fall to 559 in 2004-5.