£3m for police to tackle violent crime

Funding will help forces identify what works to prevent gun and knife crime

​Police have been awarded £3m to identify what works to reduce serious violence - including knife and gang crime.

Work has begun to build an up-to-date evidence base to reduce and prevent serious violence, including areas such as the criminal exploitation of children, drug related violence, gang violence and knife crime.

The evidence will also be used nationally by the College to set standards for officers and staff.

The funding was awarded to the College and the National Police Chiefs' Council through the Home Office's Police Transformation Fund and the work will directly contribute to the government's Serious Violence Strategy, launched last month.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, College of Policing CEO, said: "The devastating impact of violent crime on communities cannot be underestimated, and sadly we continue to see the tragic consequences of such incidents on a regular basis.

"It is only by close working between police, partners and the public that we will be able to tackle these kinds of violent offences.

"When people are in crisis, police officers are often the first to respond, spotting where young people need help and where criminals need targeting.

"Building the evidence base into what works to tackle this issue will support them and help to protect the public."

The strategy will see the College working with the national policing lead, government and other agencies to support forces and partners to identify and share what works to help develop local solutions to violent crime issues.

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