£880k to open Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire

£880k to open Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire

Published by Mike Draper at 12:03pm 14th August 2019.

The money's being given to police force areas experiencing the highest volumes of gang and youth knife crime.

he new unit will bring together local police, health and education professionals to understand the causes of serious violence in Hampshire and agree a co-ordinated response.

  • Policing Minister confirmed £35 million for eighteen Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) around the UK
  • £880,000 awarded to Hampshire PCC after their successful bid
  • The new hub will bring together police, health and education professionals to tackle violent crime in Hampshire

Hampshire PCC Michael Lane will spend the cash on a number of short and long-term projects aimed at diverting young people away from violence, including a focus on personal, social, health and economic education to engage school children on the issue of serious violence.

Michael Lane - Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner
PCC Michael Lane has been awarded £880k to set up a Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire.

The unit will also focus on providing support and activities for young people at risk of offending, including arts, sports and recreational activities.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:

"I am delighted to receive this funding, which is a result of productive partnership working between those integral to tackling violence in our communities. Reaching young people early, building their skills and resilience and supporting them to fulfil their potential is the best way to reduce violence."

"A Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire is an opportunity to bring additional capacity and focus to the existing multi-agency work going on and draw it together in order to maximise our footprint on prevention."

Violence
The Violence Reduction Unit is aimed at curbing incidents in 18 police force areas where there's a greater risk of people becoming involved in violence

Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, said:

"I am deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime that we have seen across the country. While tough law enforcement plays a vital role, all parts of the community must work together to understand and address the underlying causes of violent crime."

"The new violence reduction unit in Hampshire will aim to ensure that there is a strong, local multi-agency approach to this issue and I am confident it will deliver real results."

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Hampshire's PCC will lead the new Violence Reduction Unit.

The announcement follows a roundtable at Downing Street, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, bringing together the police, probation and prison leaders to discuss how to cut crime and improve the criminal justice system.

The Prime Minister has vowed to give police the powers and resources they need to urgently tackle serious violence, cut crime and target county lines gangs.

Recruitment of 20,000 new police officers - a commitment made by the Prime Minister when he took office - will begin next month.

Yesterday the Home Secretary confirmed that all 43 police forces in England and Wales can use enhanced stop and search powers.

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