£880k Violence Reduction Unit funding for Sussex PCC-led bid

13/08/2019

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne has welcomed the Home Office confirmation today of £880k funding to set up a specialist Violence Reduction Unit to tackle violent crime.

The extra funding was announced following a Criminal Justice roundtable hosted by the Prime Minister yesterday (12th August) which Mrs Bourne attended in her role as Chair of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners.

Sussex is one of 18 areas to be awarded funding from the £35m allocated by the Government to establish Violence Reduction Units. These units will bring together police, local authorities, health and community leaders to identify root causes and drivers of violent crime and co-ordinate their response.

Mrs Bourne said: “This significant boost to funding follows the £1,340,000 that I have secured for Sussex to combat serious violent crime. Combined with other successful bids we have made this year, it means Sussex Police and partners have received just over £3million of funding to address youth crime and exploitation, knife crime and modern slavery.”

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said this afternoon: "To beat knife crime we must do two things: first we need assertive, high profile police enforcement and second, we need a coordinated approach to the long term solutions to violence in society, especially amongst the young. These new units should help us get results on both.”

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The announcement today of £880,000 from the Home Office will go a long way in continuing our early intervention work with partners and communities, helping stop crime before it starts. We are extremely grateful for the support from the PCC’s office in helping us progress these programmes, and develop new ones, such as the Violence Reduction Units."

Mrs Bourne said: "The public health approach to violence reduction that was pioneered in Scotland will be extended and adapted in 18 areas of England and Wales. We know that it works. Our early intervention “REBOOT” programme is already having an immediate and positive impact for young people, their families and their communities, and I am very keen to see more targeted partnership interventions at the prevention stage that the VRUs will lead.”

Home Office statement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-for-violence-reduction-units-announced
More information on REBOOT: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/reboot/

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