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Youth Violence Intervention Project gets Significant PCC Funding
Over a quarter of a million pounds is being invested by the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to help prevent young people from being drawn into violent crime.

The Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership will receive a grant of £256,675 over three years*, the largest ever provided to a Community Safety Partnership by the PCC, underlining the commitment to dealing with the rise in violent crime among young people.

This project will underpin a wider Constabulary initiative on gang and knife crime across the County, and it comes amid the launch of a Home Office campaign on knife crime.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: “Hertfordshire remains a low crime area, but we’ve seen an increase in reports of robberies and knife crime, and some rises in gang activity more generally across the County.

“I’ve put more funding into specialist intervention teams to help meet these challenges, however we need to prioritise ways to safeguard vulnerable young people and empower them to make better choices.

“This programme will help educate young people, their parents, guardians and teachers about the consequences and effects of crime and assist them in identifying any safeguarding issues at an early stage”.

Support workers will provide educational workshops on topics relating to criminal activity including drug dealing, knife crime, violence and child sexual exploitation.

Youth diversionary activities will be provided for those at risk young people and weapons bins will be located in the borough for local residents to dispose of unwanted knives.

Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhoods Team Inspector, Roy Stammers, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for providing this funding which will enable the Community Safety Partnership to orchestrate a multi-agency and partnership approach to this problem, which blights many including one of the most vulnerable sections of our community – our children.

“We will be able to create a comprehensive strategy using subject matter experts who help to educate, safeguard and where appropriate proactively target those willing to carry knives and engage in violent crime.

“This project will also provide a series of longer term interventions and diversionary work which will help our children to change the path of their lives.”

Chair of the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership Jeff Stack, said: “Working in partnership with local agencies to protect our most vulnerable residents is a key priority for the Broxbourne Community Safety Partnership. 

"This funding will go towards providing a holistic approach to tackling a number of issues that have increased in the Borough whilst identifying those most at risk of becoming involved in crime. The Community Safety Partnership will work hard to ensure that the safety of our residents, particularly our youth, is preserved”.

The Community Safety Grant, awarded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, supports work with partner organisations that play a vital role in keeping Hertfordshire’s communities safe.

The project is a partnership of local police and community safety partners, both Broxbourne and Hertfordshire Councils and schools across the Borough.

*The fund of £256,975 will be spread across a three year period, equalling £85,658 a year

Details about the PCC’s Community Safety Grant can be found here: http://www.hertscommissioner.org/community-safety-fund