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Government announces £130.5M to tackle serious violence

 

The government is making over £130 million available to tackle serious violent crime in the coming year.

The funding will enable a programme of work to prevent some of the most serious types of crime and deliver safer communities for the British public.

The package includes:

£30 million to support police to take targeted action in parts of England and Wales most affected by serious violence. This is new money, following over £100 million in surge funding that has been provided to police over the past two years and which has already seen over 100,000 weapons seized by police and thousands of hours of enforcement activity in hotspot areas – including increased patrols, weapons sweeps, and stop and search

 

Up to £23 million for new early intervention programmes that will help stop young people from being drawn into violence: this includes programmes which use significant moments in a young person’s life – such as when they enter police custody or accident and emergency – as opportunities for trained professionals to engage and divert young people away from violence.

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Serious Violent Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire, said: ‘Bringing about sustained reductions in violence is incredibly complex. We welcome this renewal of funding from the Home Office, which will allow police to maintain a focus on tactics and activities that we have an evidence base on and know work in local communities.’