A special unit designed to help tackle serious violence and prevent young people in Essex being drawn into it will receive £1,160,000.
The funding will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, which bring together organisations across local communities to tackle violent crime and address its underlying causes, as well as also funding vital local projects doing positive preventative work with children and young people.
The allocation brings the total funding targeted at violent crime up to £105 million and is the third year in a row where the Conservative Government has invested in the areas worst affected by serious violence.
In addition to this funding, more than £2 million is being made available via a winter contingency fund package. This money is being delivered through VRUs to local charities and social enterprises that support vulnerable young people at risk of involvement in violence through the lockdown period.
The money forms part of a wider government drive to tackle crime and make communities safer, which includes bringing in 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years.
Further information on this announcement can be found here.
Stephen Metcalfe: “I am delighted that Essex Police Force will receive an extra £1.16 million to tackle the violent crime that has been depriving too many young people of their futures.
This funding will help bring together organisations across our local community to tackle violent crime and address its underlying causes, as well as funding vital local projects that do positive preventative work with children and young people.”
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