Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has secured £675,996 to steer young people away from violence and make Notts safer.
Commissioner Henry, who has pushed hard for Nottinghamshire to receive its fair share of funding to tackle crime, has successfully bid for more funding to expand the work of the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).
Welcoming the extra funding, Commissioner Henry said: “Nottinghamshire is at the forefront of violence prevention and this funding is clear evidence the Government is supportive of our approach.
“I made it clear to the Home Secretary that there is so much more we can do with further funding and I am delighted she has clearly listened to my case.
“I was honest when I said I would fight hard to get Nottinghamshire the funding it needed to keep our streets safe. I intend to bring more prevention and diversion schemes to Nottinghamshire in the future because they work and change lives.
“Results matter and I want to be a Commissioner who not only listens but delivers measurable success. Every crime, every victim and every neighbourhood matters and I am playing my part to make a difference.”
The VRU has been awarded an extra £675,996 as part of the Home Office Serious Violence Youth Intervention Programme to boost its custody intervention work at city and county custody suites. This programme aims to deliver a way out of violence for children and young people aged 10 to 25.
£442,550 has been secured for two Diversion Plus teams at two custody suites in the City and County to provide a 24-7 presence.
The Diversion scheme aims to engage younger children in custody - those aged 10-15 or up to 17 – at a “teachable moment” following arrest and entry into police custody when they are more likely to examine their own thinking and behaviour.
The VRU has also been awarded £233,446 to build on the success of its existing U-Turn project which provides mentorship to young people aged 16-26 out of Nottingham’s Bridewell and Mansfield custody suites to help them overcome barriers and guide them on the right path.
The funding will increase the number of young people accessing the programme and broaden the type of help available with housing support, health provision and training and work placement opportunities through a unique partnership with Norman Galloway Homes (NGH).
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Posted on Thursday 5th August 2021