Nottinghamshire is to receive an extra £1million from the Home Office to tackle violence and knife crime, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.
Paddy Tipping said Nottinghamshire Police has been provisionally allocated £1,003,730 in 2020-21 to continue its work to reduce serious violence.
The force is one of 18 nationally to be earmarked additional funds from a £35m pot to support operational police work to combat knife violence.
The cash comes on top of the funding already provided to Nottinghamshire to fund the launch of its Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) last year, which amounted to £880k, and a further £880k which it secured to continue the VRU’s work for the coming 12 months.
The new funding was announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs' Council Partnership Summit 2020.
Responding to the announcement, Mr Tipping said: “Nottinghamshire Police needs this extra funding to continue its hard-line approach against those who carry knives and put public safety at risk.
“We have invested in dedicated knife crime teams whose intelligence-led activity has increased arrests and charges. This has helped bring knife crime down by 8% in Nottinghamshire and 18% in Nottingham in the year to September 2019 compared to a national increase of 7%.
“But clearly there is still much more work to do and it is vital we keep the momentum going.
“We are already investing funds in preventative projects which examine the underlying causes of violence through the Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit. This partnership work is helping us to reach vulnerable young people whose lifestyles put them at high risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence and identifying a new path for them.
“I am absolutely determined to divert young people away from violence and we will use this funding where it is needed most to protect young lives, reclaim our communities and ensure people understand that violence is never the answer.”
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Posted on Tuesday 3rd March 2020