Loudoun County Model

Overview

The mission of the Gang Response and Intervention Team

(GRIT) is to be a proactive, multi-agency, multi-discipline team charged with coordinating the suppression, intervention, prevention, and overall reduction of street gang activity within Loudoun County. By utilizing the expertise of the associated agencies, the team will identify gang members, recognize gang activity, and provide services to at-risk youth, their families, and communities.

Background

In December 2002, six employees of Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg,representing:

attended a three-day training titled "Youth Gang Training" sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the International Association of Police Chiefs. In attendance were teams from nine localities including, Loudoun County, Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Alexandria. The purpose of the training was to provide a comprehensive gang training program for cross-sector teams composed of law enforcement and its partners. By the conclusion of the training, Loudoun County had an action plan to implement a community-based strategy for reducing and preventing gang activity in Loudoun County.

As a result of the training, the Gang Response and Intervention Team (GRIT) was created. GRIT acts as the county's Steering Committee, as mentioned in the Comprehensive Gang model information. The GRIT is comprised of representatives from: