Illegal Money Lending Campaign Material

The Executive Programme on Paramilitarism and Organised Crime works across Northern Ireland to support people and communities. Initiatives are delivered collaboratively by government departments, statutory agencies and partners in the voluntary and community sector.

Ending the Harm is a series of hard-hitting public awareness campaigns that highlight organised crime and paramilitary activity and how this can have a devastating impact on victims, their families, local communities and wider society. The current campaign highlights how paramilitary gangs use illegal money lending to control and coerce vulnerable people.

As part of the campaign we have created two downloadable leaflets:

Trifold information leaflet           A4 leaflet

Overview of the Executive’s Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality & Organised Crime Programme

1 in 3 people in Northern Ireland still feel the effects of paramilitary influence and harm.

The Executive’s Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality & Organised Crime Programme uses innovative local expertise and internationally recognised methods to prevent people being exploited and provide direct support or signpost people towards help.

Watch our video to find out how the programme is working to support communities, helping them be safer and more resilient to violence, harm and coercive control.

Investing in Police Community Engagement

The Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) is funded by the Programme and is often the most visible element of policing’s contribution towards addressing paramilitary harm. However, the Programme has also provided a £145,000 investment to policing for the delivery of Community Safety and Engagement projects.


Chief Inspector Joanne Gibson from the Strategic Partnerships and Prevention Branch explains more: “This investment allows us to support a range of projects in communities who have specific challenges. These initiatives are tailored to meet the needs of different areas, allowing our local officers the opportunity to engage with people, build relationships and break down barriers in an informal setting.


“We also deliver projects that enhance problem-solving around issues impacting on the community and that promote engagement with, and visibility of, policing. This work complements the activities of the PCTF, as we know that in order to deliver safer communities a security and criminal justice approach alone will not suffice.”