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West Midlands Police will be one of 18 forces to receive a share of £4.12 million ‘grip’ funding from the Home Office for ‘hotspot policing’ in areas impacted by violent crime.

Commenting on the announcement, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster, said:

“Any funding is welcome and will be put to good use targeting violent crime hotspot areas.

“This funding will help us focus resources on the areas that need it most, where violence is a particular issue.

“Whilst welcome, this funding is short term, so it won’t help us to recruit our 1,000 missing officers, rebuild community policing and nor does it come anywhere near close to making up for the £175 million West Midlands Police has lost since 2010.

“Well funded policing, matched with long term interventions to divert young people away from crime, is how we will tackle violence.”

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