Second grant to pay for force’s Guns and Gangs Team
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Kathryn Holloway, has secured a second promise of funding from government. This additional Special Grant is to pay for the work of Bedfordshire Police’s specialist guns and gangs team – Boson – working to combat serious violence across the county.
Policing minister, Nick Hurd MP, wrote to PCC Holloway to promise:
“We intend to make decisions on Special Grant applications around October 2019 but in the interim I can provide you with the assurance that we will be providing funding for Operation Boson.”
He was replying to the PCC after she provided him with a portfolio detailing the work of the Boson units. This resulted in 148 years in prison terms for gang members and those using guns and knives over the last year.
Commissioner Holloway said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have assurance from the Home Office that the Boson team will again receive extra funding for 2019/20.
“Tackling knife crime and serious youth violence is, of course, a huge challenge, but the Force continues to rise to it.”
Boson is Bedfordshire Police’s unit dedicated to tackling gun and gang activity and serious youth violence. It was first formed in 2012 to tackle escalating violence in the Marsh Farm and Lewsey Farm areas of Luton.
Now the units deal with gang, gun and serious youth violence related issues across the whole county. A team to focus on the north of Bedfordshire was launched at the beginning of 2019.
The team was intended, initially, to run for three months, but is now permanent thanks to the Special Grant of £4.571m from the Home Office.