All over the country violence reduction units pull together all kinds of organisations within local communities to tackle violent crime and address the underlying causes. These units also do a lot of preventative work from presentations in schools and pupil referral units, to street art and theatre, youth clubs, health checks, prison learning and leaver schemes as well as amnesty spaces for those involved in gangs or violence.
The Government has announced £35.5 million towards tackling youth violence which is the third year of funding this valuable work across England and Wales. The new announcement of funding takes total funding to over £105m committed to cracking down on violent crime.
On announcing the funds, Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Violence Reduction Units play a vital role in preventing young people from being dragged into the horrors of serious violence, and this funding will enable them to continue this crucial work.
I will continue to back our police with the resources and powers they need to cut crime and make your community safer.
On top of this valuable funding another £2m is being made available through a winter contingency fund to help charities, social enterprises and violence reduction units who work closely with vulnerable youth and those at risk of involvement with violence to get through the lockdown period safely – and hopefully stay on a safe path afterwards.
This is all part of a wider package to make communities safer from hiring new police and policing staff to replacing equipment and vehicles.
If you want to take a look at some of the work being done in the Violence Reduction Units, check out the links below. These types of units are all over the country now and often looking for volunteers, if you like what they do, help out!