There were 200 fewer victims of serious youth violence in Bedfordshire last year. New strategies and Government funding helped to cut the number of incidents by around 9 per cent.
The Home Office also confirmed that Bedfordshire Police and the county’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) have received fresh funding.
Over the past year Bedfordshire Police has been able to draw on £1.38 million of ‘surge funding’ from the Government to run enforcement action targeting things like gangs and drug dealing.
A separate £880,000 from ministers was used to establish the Police and Crime Commissioner’s VERU. This brings together the police, councils, health and community groups to tackle the root causes of violence and offer young people an alternative path.Read More
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