Sussex Police gets £880,000 to make communities safer and protect young people

A project aimed at tackling the root cause of serious violent crime in Sussex to protect young people and make communities safer is getting £880,000 in government funding.

Sussex has been named as one of 18 police forces to benefit from extra Home Office funding to tackle serious violence.

Police and crime commissioner for Sussex Katy Bourne has secured £1,760,000 over the last two years for the county’s first Violence Reduction Partnership. Three of these partnerships have been set up across Sussex with an oversight group to monitor their activities.

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With this money Sussex Police says it has brought together local authorities, health and education services to identify and address the complex root causes of violent crime.

Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex Katy Bourne. (Photo supplied by the PCC's office). SUS-200331-140222001

There has been a public health approach to addressing violence including early interventions to help vulnerable young people and educate them on the consequences of criminality and working with local community organisations and targeted prevention programmes.

Mrs Bourne said, “The Home Office’s commitment to the future of our Violence Reduction Partnership is welcome news and will mean Sussex Police and partners will be able to continue to intervene, rehabilitate and divert people away from crime, especially young people.

“We know now this approach to learning more about and tackling serious violence is working and I’m reassured that in Sussex, partners are taking a positive, united stand against serious violence by working together to make a real difference.”

Assistant chief constable Jayne Dando, said, “This additional funding will allow Sussex Police and our partners in local authorities, health, education and others to continue this vital work in tackling the complex root causes of serious violence in our society.

“Through this public health approach, we have seen fantastic early intervention programmes being carried out in local communities to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime.

“To make long-lasting and effective change we must keep working together to make our communities safer, protect young people and help them to build better futures.”