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Funding awarded to help set up Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire

Michael Lane - picture credited to Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Office

£880,000 of funding has been awarded by the Home Office to set up a Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire.

The VRU will focus on the root cause of violence and early intervention amongst youth and local communities across the county.

Officials will look to collaborate with partners within sectors including health, education, policing and social services to create a multi-agency network that shares evidence, support and intervention in order to prevent violence.

Another 17 units are being established across the country, courtesy of Home Office funding, as part of a widespread, national crackdown on early intervention into violence.

This follows a £1.26m grant the Hampshire Constabulary received earlier this year to strengthen law enforcement in the county.

Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane said: 

"I am delighted to receive this funding which is a result of productive partnership working between those integral to tackling violence in our communities.

"Reaching young people early, building their skills and resilience and supporting them to fulfil their potential is the best way to reduce violence. A Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire is an opportunity to bring additional capacity and focus to the existing multi-agency work going on and draw it together in order to maximise our footprint on prevention."

Hampshire Police Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney added:

“We welcome this funding and the opportunities it will give us to do even more to prevent violence in our communities. 

“Violence in all its forms has a devastating effect on individuals, their families and the wider community. This money will enable us to do more to tackle those who commit violent offences in our streets and in our homes, but it will also enable us to work closely with our partners such as health and education to intervene early and prevent young people from being drawn into a life of violence.” 

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