The government has made an extra £100m available to the police force to tackle knife and violent crime.
The funding will also be invested in Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach in preventing knife crime altogether. The units will be based on models used in Glasgow where homicide rates fell by 54% from 2006/07 to 2015/16.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: “We know action is needed now to tackle knife crime which is blighting communities around the country. That’s why I’m announcing today that I’ve heard the calls from the police and the families affected by this devastating crime, and will make available an additional £100 million to spent over the course of the next year.
“This money will be ringfenced to pay for increased police presence and patrolling to make our streets safer. But it will also go further in tackling the causes of this crime by investing in Violent Crime Reduction Units in worst affected areas.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I am deeply concerned by the rising levels of knife crime that is devastating communities and robbing young people of their lives and futures.
“This £100 million – including £80 million new funding from the Treasury – will allow the police to swiftly crack-down on knife crime on the areas of the country where it is most rife.
“This is on top of the £970m of additional money that policing is already due to receive from April from the Government and Council Tax.”
The majority of the funding will be provided to Police and Crime Commissioners for the seven police forces where serious violence levels are highest, and which make up around 70% of knife crime. Those forces cover London, West Midlands, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Wales and Greater Manchester.
The levels of violent crimes have been a much-discussed subject in recent months, with several violent attacks being recorded in the first part of this year.