Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that 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”.
She said “: “I am determined to cut crime and make our streets safer, which is why we are recruiting 20,000 more 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 new early intervention programmes to stop young people committing these crimes in the first place”.
The package includes:
- £30 million to support the police to take targeted action in parts of England and Wales most affected by serious violence
- up to £23 million for new early intervention programmes that will help stop young people from being drawn into violence
The funding 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
- require local agencies to review the circumstances when an adult homicide takes place involving offensive weapons, such as knives, to ensure lessons are learnt and future deaths are prevented