PCC calls for more support to tackle gangs and violence ahead of major government announcement
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
called for the government to provide 'more than just warm words'
ahead of the launch of the government's serious violence strategy
on Monday 9th April 2018.
The PCC met the Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP last month to ask
the government to match his initial commitment to spend £2 million
tackling gangs and violence.
The Commission on Gangs and Violence established by David
Jamieson, produced a wide-ranging report and made key
recommendations. As a result of their work, funding will be put in
place for a wide range of projects, including:
- A team of expert negotiators will be set up to defuse violence
between gangs and to help individuals escape a life of crime.
- A mentoring scheme will be formed to help young people, at risk
of offending, make the right life choices.
- A package of support will be put in place to rehabilitate
ex-offenders as they leave prison and re-enter their communities.
The aim is to break the cycle of crime.
- A set of programmes will be established designed to provide
alternative activities for young people at risk of school exclusion
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson,
"I hope the government's strategy to tackle violence is more than
just warm words. To be successful the government needs to support
schemes such as the Gangs and Violence Commission in the West
Midlands, which is delivering opportunities for young people to
turn their lives away from crime.
The West Midlands was the first area in England to bring in a
public health approach to reduce violence. It means the health
service are working alongside the police to reduce this kind of
crime. Progress could be much quicker with support from the
"In order to help reverse the current rise in violent crime I am
investing an extra £2 million from my budget to tackle the root
causes of violence. I hope as part of the government's strategy
there is real action and additional financial support for areas
such as the West Midlands that have been blighted by violence."