South Yorkshire Police awarded £1 million to reduce violence in young people

South Yorkshire Police have been awarded £1 million to help steer young people away from violence and crime.

The Government announced on 8 March that they are making over £130 million available to tackle serious violent crime, including murder and knife crime.

This will include £30 million to support the police in targeted action in parts of England and Wales most affected by serious violence, and up to £23 million for new early intervention programmes to help stop young people being drawn into violence.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As I understand it the money is to be made available but we will have to submit a proposal as to how it will be used.

“If successful, this money combined with the additional officers we are recruiting in South Yorkshire should help to make a significant difference, and to make up for ground that was undoubtedly lost during the years when the police grant and officer numbers were continually being cut.

“The government are developing habits of throwing pots of money at problems from time to time and this is not the best way of solving issues as important as serious violence. We need an assured income over longer periods of time so that sound strategic plans can be made.”

The funding across the country for violence reduction comes before the introduction of a major criminal justice bill, which will give police new stop and search powers to tackle known knife and weapons carriers  and place a duty on public sector bodies which will include police, education and health agencies.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am determined to cut crime and make our streets safer.

“When it comes to gangs and serious violence, we must also tackle underlying causes. That is why we are investing in new early intervention programmes to stop young people committing these crimes in the first place.”

The £1 million that South Yorkshire Police will receive, will be on top of the £1.6 million that was announced last month to fund the work of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit.

This money has been earmarked for South Yorkshire as one of the 18 areas in the UK most affected by violent crime.

 

 

 

Written by Sophie Mason

I am a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield. If you have any stories please contact me. I can be contacted at smason4@sheffield.ac.uk or on twitter @sophrose150

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Written by Sophie Mason

I am a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield. If you have any stories please contact me. I can be contacted at smason4@sheffield.ac.uk or on twitter @sophrose150
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