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CIRV. That was the Parkhead Rebels. This summer, they continued waging their decades old war against the Tollcross Wee .
n the carrot really be as powerful as the stick in breaking up the gangs? Kelly Armstrong, a constable seconded to CIRV, thinks so. Her job used to be to race to gangfights and charge whoever she caught. Now in jeans and a jumper rather than uniform, she chaps doors, trying to convince boys to sign up to CIRV and the chance of a job, training or football coaching in return for a pledge to stop being violent. "I can understand why the public would be sceptical about projects like this," Armstrong said last week, as she sat in her unmarked Mondeo outside a former council semi. "They are going to ask why do people who do bad things get good things? A lot of people have written these boys off. They think they don't have any control over themselves. That they can't better themselves. That is just not true. A lot of them can, if they get the chance. "Armstrong is waiting for a boy from the Carntyne Goucho , one of Glasgow's biggest gangs. The lad isn't in but his dad is and he calls his son's mobile. Less than a minute later, a slim, smiley figure is sprinting down the road towards the Ford. "I thought I would miss you," the boy says, a bit out of breath. He'd quit Nike Air Force 1 High Wheat
We are talking about the kind of guys who sleep with a gun under their pillow. "Some have told us to Foxtrot Oscar, that they don't want to engage. I think we have made it Blue Air Force 1 pretty clear we are going to come down on them. It's like we always tell them. They might think their gang is big. But ours is bigger and harder: Strathclyde Polis. "If Stevenson has the carrot then Val Thomson has the stick. Thomson is the superintendent covering some of Scotland's most deprived neighbourhoods, including the Calton, Parkhead and Tollcross. "CIRV has had a huge impact," she said. "There has been practically no gang activity at times when CIRV is engaging with young people. But Thomson knew what to do to those who didn't sign up. Of the gangs targeted in Glasgow "B" division when CIRV began, only one refused to stick with Brown Air Force 1 Low
the boys celebrated his 16th birthday on the trip. "Somebody got him a cake. He said it was his first," Armstrong said. "I thought he meant this year. It was his first birthday cake ever. "We talk a lot about needing attitudinal changes among these boys. But the police need to change our attitudes too," she added. "We can get quite cynical. ""They have either stabbed somebody or been caught with an offensive weapon. Some of these boys aren't playing at it.
He's not the first gang offender, said Armstrong, to leg it out of the culture. The boy had been one of the Goucho gang that CIRV workers had taken on an army sponsored break to the Highlands, along with their arch rivals, the Haghill Powery. The two gangs sat separately on the bus on the way up. They sat together on the way back and their border has been quietish ever since. One of Nike Air Force 1 Low White Womens
CIRV under pressure from pals who told him the promise of jobs wasn't real. Now he wants back in.
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