First 2014 VGRIP Initiative Confiscates 78 Guns in 90 Days: Violence and Gun Reduction Interdiction Program

First 2014 VGRIP Initiative Confiscates 78 Guns in 90 Days

Violence and Gun Reduction Interdiction Program

The first VGRIP initiative for 2014 has brought in 78 guns in just 90 days. The guns confiscated in the initiative count for nearly 1/3 of the 290 weapons seized city-wide this year. The VGRIP initiative began February 1 2014 and ended April 30, 2014.

The Violence and Gun Reduction Interdiction Program was formed as a coordinated State, Local and Federal response to surging gun violence. The law enforcement partners involved in VGRIP include the Cleveland Division of Police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Office, the Adult Parole Authority, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshall’s Service.

The goal of the program is to reduce gun violence in targeted areas. The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center compiles and analyzes crime data which is then used to map hot spots for gun violence. The VGRIP Gang Impact Squads are deployed targeting these areas via fugitive sweeps, traffic enforcement, knock and talk, parole enforcement and street enforcement.

VGRIP has been in effect since 2011. To date, VGRIP has been responsible for taking 210 guns off of our streets. The program has also confiscated 978 grams of heroin and 2,241 grams of cocaine. The total arrests for felonies and misdemeanors combined: 1,149.

The VGRIP program continues to make a positive impact in reducing gun violence. The success of the program is driven by community involvement. Policing is a partnership. Continued involvement with and connection to our residents is what we strive to attain through this effective program.