The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced he is allocating an immediate £51 million for police forces to strengthen their response to serious violence.
The surge funding for forces worst affected by these crimes will enable them to bolster their operational activities. It will help them fund increased patrols and weapon sweeps, equipment for officers and overtime.
The additional investment comes from the £100 million serious violence fund announced by the government in March as part of its continued efforts to crackdown on violent crime.
Chief constables will be responsible for deciding how to utilise the additional funding, but the money is intended to be used to support visible policing in hotspot areas. Funding is being allocated to 18 forces in England and Wales, and a full list of forces and the funding they have received will be published in due course.
The Home Office will work closely with the police to monitor and assess the impact of the funding, including improving the quality of data returns on serious violence and knife crime in particular.
The Home Secretary said: “Knife crime destroys lives and as Home Secretary I’m determined to do everything in my power to stamp it out.
“This funding will help the police forces worst affected by violent crime to up their response, including by increasing the number of officers out on the streets over the Easter weekend.
“The police are on the front line in the fight against serious violence and they have our full support.”
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