Fresno Police Department
The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative
The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative (MGPI) established in 2006 is a comprehensive multi-dimensional and community enhancement violence reduction strategy, under the umbrella of the City of Fresno’s Police Department. The Initiative assists individuals who want to voluntarily leave the gang lifestyle, to service provider programs that will assist them with direct service towards a positive lifestyle change.
In an effort to reduce the amount of gang-related crime throughout the City of Fresno, the initiative incorporates the following violence reduction strategies and core components - Prevention, Intervention, Suppression, Rehabilitation, and Economic Development.
There are a variety of service providers MGPI facilitates services to for individuals that meet the eligibility criteria. These programs include clinical needs assessment, job training, job placement, employment referrals, substance abuse, anger management, mental health, education, food, housing, mentoring, dental, vision, medical, mentoring, youth activities, tattoo removal and other basic life skill services.
To be eligible for MGPI assistance, an individual:
- Must reside within the City of Fresno.
- Must have a direct tie to a gang (validated, associate or “wanna-be”) and desire to voluntarily leave the gang lifestyle.
- Cannot have pending warrants and/or court cases.
- Cannot be a registered sex offender nor have disqualifying offenses as determined by MGPI.
Prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship between law enforcement officials, school officials, families, and young people to create safer communities
The initiative is comprised of three bodies: The MGPI Staff, Advisory Board and the Service Providers:
- MGPI Staff primary objective is to facilitate eligible participant’s direct services recommended by independent needs assessment contractors to existing local community agencies that focus on: prevention, intervention, suppression, rehabilitation, and economic development. This coordinated approach through grassroots organizing and public/private partnerships, will allow the Initiative to reinforce local best practices.
- Advisory Board includes representatives from local law enforcement, juvenile & adult criminal justice system, education, health, and social services entities. The Advisory Board evaluates emerging trends that address the gang population, facilitate interagency collaboration, troubleshooting, and assist where possible in the progression of the MGPI program, including a review of future and potential resource opportunities.
- Service Providers include social services providers, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations who provide direct services to MGPI participants and their families.
A variety of state and private foundation grants and violence reduction projects are administered and supported by MGPI. Projects include community outreach and engagement efforts as follows:
- Night Walks: faith based organizations conducting community outreach in specified parts of the city with high concentration of gang incidents and crimes.
- Ceasefire: Prevention, intervention and community-mobilization strategies to reduce community violence. The most active, influential gang members are required to attend a brokered call-in meeting at a partner church. A panel of various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and community members give message of stopping the gang violence followed by community service provider’s resource assistance.
- Street Outreach Program responding to gang-related incidents in an effort to mediate conflicts between gangs following a violent incident, support victim of shooting and family though incident, provide resources and mentor gang members towards positive alternatives.
- Tattoo Removal Program in collaboration with local CBO clinic, treatment is offered to MGPI enrolled participants demonstrating a sincere commitment to change their life through mandated volunteer community service and removal of visible gang related tattoos which may inhibit their ability to seek employment
If you would like to get involved or for more information call MGPI Hotline at (559) 621-2353 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Forms and Links:
Will You Help Me Stay Out Of Gangs PSA
Tattoo Removal (English & Spanish)
Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative Pamphlet