South Yorkshire police to be awarded £1 million to tackle ‘violent crime’
The Home Office has awarded £1 million in funding to South Yorkshire Police to tackle violent hotspots in the area.
More police patrols will be introduced into the problem areas and the funding will be available until March 2022.
Superintendent Colin McFarlane from South Yorkshire Police said: “In response to this funding we’ve introduced targeted patrols across the county, in addition to the usual neighbourhood policing activity that communities will be used to seeing.”
The funding aims to support police in areas of the UK with the highest reported rates in violent crime.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This was a joint bid between my Violence Reduction Unit and the force’s Serious Violence Crime Task Force.
“The money will be used to tackle violent crime in South Yorkshire’s hotspot areas.
“However, if we are to rid South Yorkshire of serious violence, we need a two pronged approach: we must come down heavily on the organised crime gangs.
“We also need to divert young people away from involvement with gangs and violence in the first place.”