Northumbria PCC invests £100,000 to combat violent crime during the summer months
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, has revealed a plan to stop spikes in violent crime over the summer months.
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Following a successful pilot last year, which saw summer violence drop by 12.2%, the Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit will once again use a targeted approach to drive down violent crime across the region.
The increased will see more police officers on the streets and youth workers using positive activities to engage young people and divert them away from crime.
There will also be a focus on iconic events over the summer, including The Hoppings, football matches and the region’s night-time economy.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “Violent crime can happen at any time of the year, but we do see increases during the summer months when there is more to do while enjoying the warmer weather and then again during the winter when the festive season gets underway.
“That’s why this increased action is so important – it helps us to get ahead of the problem and put a stop to it. We know that this approach really does work and following the results of last year, I am delighted that the Violence Reduction Unit are again working closely with police, councils and other key services across the region to target interventions and action where they are needed most.
“Making sure you feel safe is so important to me, which is why we will continue throwing everything we have at tackling violent crime, and that starts with investing in our communities to provide real change.”
The Community Safety Partnerships and other key services in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland have developed projects aimed at reducing serious violence.
As a result, the Violence Reduction Unit to invest over £100,000 in local communities, which will see a number of areas benefit from certain actions.
In Newcastle city centre, a task force will be working to reduce crime in parks and other green spaces by engaging with the public, and focusing on events that increase footfall to the area, including The Hoppings and concerts at St. James’ Park.
Gateshead will see additional youth workers and police patrols in communities and neighbourhoods that are currently experiencing higher rates of crime and anti-social behaviour.
There will be targeted action taking place in areas that are experiencing higher reports of serious crime in North Tyneside, with Project Vita stepping in to provide more activities for young people.
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