Commissioner releases more funds to help communities

More funding has been released to help tackle crime issues during the pandemic.

Monday, 31st August 2020, 10:00 am
Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has allocated a further £135,000 to tackle crime in the region – taking the funding provided during the crisis over £1million.

Recent analysis by the Office of National Statistics showed positive signs for Northumbria – from March 2019 to 2020 the area recorded less total recorded crime, a reduction in knife related offences and a fall in serious violence offences.

Miss McGuinness said: “This is clearly very positive news – a reflection that investment into my Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), and through proactive enforcement work by Northumbria Police, we can improve lives to prevent crime across the region.

"My concern now, is how we ensure we see crime continue to fall in the year ahead.

“Young people are telling us that they need some extra support this summer, and we will be there to help them.

"Through my VRU we are allocating a further £135,000 to organisations to tackle the financial challenges arising from Covid-19 in order to help and support vulnerable children.”

A total of 21 organisations will be funded by the PCC, with the grants supporting micro-charities who are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

Miss McGuinness added: “We know that young people have been more vulnerable than ever during this period, and we cannot let that materialise and lead to criminality.

"This funding will allow charities to deliver positive diversionary activities and help guide these individuals in a positive direction.”

The funding will not only support young people, but also charities who have been hit during the period due to funding uncertainties.