Commissioner welcomes funding boost to tackle violent crime in West Yorkshire (10 Nov 2018)

The Home Secretary has today (Saturday 10 November) announced that West Yorkshire will receive £1,121,395 from the national Early Intervention Youth Fund. Specific projects endorsed and co-ordinated by the Police and Crime Commissioner will be supported over a two year period to help divert children and young people away from violent crime.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"At a time when we are facing increasingly difficult financial challenges and a national rise in violent crime, this latest funding allocation is welcome news.

"It is as a result of a lot of hard work, collectively evidencing the need for more interaction with our younger generations through the various channels available.

"It aligns to the issues I have continued to raise and campaign for within my national role as Chair of the Serious Violence Task Group for Police and Crime Commissioners.

"Working closely with West Yorkshire Police, Community Safety Partnerships and a range of other partners, the money will enable us to deliver a programme of early intervention projects, with the aim of preventing serious violence in the county.

"This will include work to identify and target young people who are vulnerable to exploitation or on its fringes. Similarly, it will target those linked to organised crime, street gangs and anti-social behaviour.

"It will also be put towards the employment of 'Key-workers', helping those children who are identified as the most likely to be involved in violent crime.

"In Wakefield, for instance, it will benefit the 'Step-Up to Positive Activity' project, which targets young people between 11 to 17 involved in or at the risk of being involved in serious crime.

"In Leeds, it will see a localised system approach, developed through third sector community and statutory organisations, as well as local residents

"Meanwhile in Kirklees, this cash represents more support to reduce gang related violence.

"I have seen first-hand just how this kind of activity can make a huge difference to people's lives and I am keen to now unlock the benefits that this injection of funding brings to complement ongoing work to tackle violent crime."

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