The Gang Prevention Initiative (GPI) 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.
Gang Prevention Initiative
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, Enforcement and Community Engagement.
There are a variety of service providers GPI facilitates services to for individuals that meet the eligibility criteria. These programs include needs intake, 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 GPI 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 GPI.
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:
A variety of federal, state and private foundation grants and violence reduction projects are administered and supported by GPI. Projects include community outreach and engagement efforts as follows: