PCC presents latest initiative to tackle gangs to Minister
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has presented
his latest piece of work to tackle gangs and violence in the region
to the Policing Minister.
David Jamieson met Nick Hurd at the Home Office on Monday.
The PCC used the opportunity to tell the Minister about his
current plans to invest £250,000 tackling the growing problem of
The quarter of a million pounds is to be spent ensuring children
in Birmingham don't get involved in gangs and violence.
The Police and Crime Commissioner launched the new fund, which
invites third sector organisations in the city to bid for a share
of the money, on Monday.
The cash is part of the PCC's £2 million investment which is
being spent following a review of violent crime by the Commission
into Gangs and Violence which published its report last
The quarter of a million pounds will pay for voluntary and
community groups to provide activities for children in areas with
high levels of crime. These might include sporting activities,
education or training. David Jamieson is also looking for
organisations to support children who are at risk of exclusion or
are beginning to take part in criminal activity.
The investment follows an increase in gun crime in the West
Midlands of almost 50% since 2012. Whilst knife crime has risen by
75% over the same period.
The bidding process is open to all community and voluntary
sector organisations including community groups, faith groups,
not-for-profit organisations, community interest companies and
Mr Jamieson also used the meeting as another opportunity to
press the government to match his £2m invested to tackle the root
causes of gangs violence.
The PCC has pledged to spend £2 million tackling violent
crime. Amongst a growing list of projects already underway include
placing youth workers in Accident and Emergency departments to spot
young people caught up in gang culture, peer to peer mentoring in
schools to prevent pupils from getting caught up in violence and
the continual roll out of weapon surrender bins.
Responding to the Minister's comments, David Jamieson
said: "I always welcome the opportunity to share best practice with
others. The meeting with the Minister was another opportunity to do
just that. We have taken a new approach to tackling this issue as
it isn't one we will just arrest our way out of.
"It is no secret that violent crime is rising in the West
Midlands. Whilst the police play a vital role in providing a robust
response to criminals it is vital we also help people make the
right choices and steer clear of criminal activity.
"What we need now from the government is for them to
match my funding. I am investing £2 million to tackle the problem
of gangs and violence, just think what would be possible with
additional support from government."