Policy | Strategy | Delivery


Government Advisors

Both Directors, during their time at the Home Office were advisors to the Home Secretary and relevant ministers around violent crime and gang issues.


Development of National Strategy and Policy

As part of the Home Office team SCS developed the Integrated Offender Management Approach around violent crime. This has been rolled out nationally to police forces and partners and we supported the implementation of this at a local level.




SCS also assisted in the development of the Organised Street Gang Mapping Process for The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) 2013.


Influencing National Thinking

SCS was part of the working group led jointly by the Home Office, Children’s Commissioner and ACPO which was convened in 2012 to explore issues in relation to the roles of girls and gangs.


NPIA work

In 2010, we worked with the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) and The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to adapt the violent/sex offender management database, VISOR, to enable the inclusion of gang members.


National Guidance

In 2009, Mick Hurley and Ian McGibbon worked with the Department of Education, (then DCSF), to develop the guidance 'Safeguarding Children and Young People Who May be Affected by Gang Activity.




Prior to that both Mick and Ian worked extensively on and co-authored  'Tackling Gangs – A Practical Guide for Local Authorities, CDRPs and Other Local Partners.  Whilst the language used in this document has changed rapidly as the political landscape has evolved.  The principles espoused in this document remain a sound bedrock for developing a response to gangs.




ACPO Staff Officers

During 2008 to 2011, both Mick and Ian were joint ACPO national staff officers to the then Deputy Chief Constable and the Assistant Commissioner advising them in their role as the leads on ACPO on gangs.


Regional Strategy Development

During 2012/13 SCS has been working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to develop The Organised Crime and Gang strategy and the development and deployment of Programme Challenger, a fully integrated multi-agency response to organised crime.


Equality Impact Assessments

SCS have both produced and supported the production of equality impact assessments. An example of this is the EIA that was developed in line with the introduction of gang injunctions, and was used successfully in court when challenged.