Police in Nottinghamshire will be unleashing additional resources this Easter to tackle serious violence and knife crime thanks to a £1million Home Office grant.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said the force had been chosen as one of 18 nationally to be granted the extra cash to tackle the spiral of knife crime gripping Britain’s streets.
The funding will help the force maximise operational resources throughout Easter and beyond to protect the public and respond robustly to anyone suspected of carrying weapons.
He said: “This funding is urgently needed and I am pleased our campaigning has been successful. I’ve been calling on the Government to equip police forces with the resources they need to tackle the knife crime epidemic and, while it won’t solve all our problems, this money will certainly make a difference.
“Lives are being lost through violence and knife crime but they can be saved. With the right support, young people can be given better choices and made to understand violence or gang life is never the answer to their problems.
“This grant will enable us to confront knife crime head on but enforcement is only a short-term fix. Nottinghamshire – and Britain – needs a long-term vision to solve the psychological and social roots of serious violence and that battle will continue in earnest.”
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “I welcome the Home Office’s provisional allocation of £1m to tackle serious violence, particularly knife crime, in Nottinghamshire.
“Knife crime levels have risen across the country including Nottinghamshire, albeit at a slightly slower rate than the national average. Every incident has potentially serious or life-changing consequences so we treat it extremely seriously.
“There is already a great deal of work going on in Nottinghamshire to tackle knife crime and this £1m of extra funding is a significant boost that will strengthen our ability to invest in prevention and enforcement work and keep our communities safe.
“We have the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police who have a high rate of success with intelligence-led enforcement, and we have invested in Schools and Early Intervention Officers to work with schoolchildren across the county as part of our efforts to prevent knife crime happening in the first place.
“Last month we held a highly successful knife amnesty that removed 635 weapons from circulation in just one week and we use a range of other tactics throughout the year from test purchase operations and weapons sweeps in public places to ensure we are doing everything we can to tackle the issue.”
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the availability of £100m to tackle serious violence and knife crime, including £80m of new funding from Treasury this financial year.
A total of 18 police forces will immediately benefit, sharing some £51m to fund additional enforcement activity to tackle the surge in knife crime and reduce violence on Britain’s streets.
Police forces have been allocated funding according to hospital admissions data for sharp object assaults, reflecting levels of serious violence in each force area.
Senior police officers were invited to make representations during the Home Office’s recent roundtable meeting on March 6, which were instrumental in securing the funding.
In addition, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) have been working with forces to identify options and costs to deliver operational surge activity.