This week, the Home Secretary has announced a £130.5 million boost to support police forces across the country in tackling serious and violent crime, including £490,000 for Hampshire Constabulary.
The funding boost is on top of the £880,000 already announced last month for Hampshire’s Violence Reduction Unit. It is aimed at new early intervention programmes and supporting constabularies in taking targeted action, including against murder and knife crime.
“I am very pleased to see more funding this month to support our police officers as they help make our streets safer and tackle serious crime.
“The new funding announced today comes on top of £880,000 that Hampshire Constabulary were allocated last month to reduce violent crime and fund preventative programmes. I look forward to seeing how the money will be spent to benefit our community.”
The total £130.5 million funding package includes £30 million to support the police to take targeted action in parts of England and Wales most affected by serious violence, as well as up to £23 million for a new early intervention programme that will help stop young people from being drawn into the cycle of violence. In addition to this funding, today’s announcement also provides: £10 million to expand domestic abuse perpetrator programmes - working with offenders to help them change and prevent abuse happening in the first place, over £3 million to expand investigations into gang related material on social media, £1.6 million towards piloting the Creating Opportunities Forum which helps provide access to employment opportunities for young people at risk of serious violence, and £1 million to set up and pilot new homicide reviews – helping to prevent future deaths.
The funding package comes ahead of the introduction of a major criminal justice Bill, which will give police new stop and search powers to tackle known knife and weapons carriers, place a duty on public sector bodies - including police, education and health agencies – to take a joined-up approach to addressing serious violence, and require local agencies to review the circumstances when a homicide takes place involving offensive weapons, such as knives.
Commenting, Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“I am determined to cut crime and make our streets safer, which is why we are recruiting 20,000more police officers, introducing new stop and search powers and giving the police the resources they need to go after the serious violent criminals causing misery in communities.
“But when it comes to gangs and serious violence, we must also tackle underlying causes. That is why we are investing in a new early intervention programme to stop young people committing these crimes in the first place.”