South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and Police and Crime Commissioner support Sheffield Youth Council event

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and Dr Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire, have supported an event with the Sheffield Youth Council.

The event was organised by South Yorkshire Police as part of Operation Sceptre, a national week of police action to tackle knife crime, which ran from 16th May to 22nd May.

During the event, the Head of the VRU, Graham Jones, and the PCC delivered a short overview of the work that they do, followed by a Q&A session with the Youth Council.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “At the Violence Reduction Unit, our ambition is to work with organisations and communities across South Yorkshire to prevent and reduce violence.

“Engaging with young people is an important aspect of that work. We want to encourage positive life choices and healthy lifestyles from as young an age as possible, to bring about long term change.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to speak to the Sheffield Youth Council. I would like to thank them for the interest they showed in the VRU, and for the questions they asked to further their understanding about the work we do.”

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “One of the best parts of my job is getting out and visiting groups across South Yorkshire, something I have missed during the periods of restrictions we have faced over the last two years.

“This is particularly true of young people’s groups; I am always keen to support the next generation and help foster the development of responsible young citizens.

“I was pleased, therefore, to take part in this Q&A with the Sheffield Youth Council, and meet so many engaged young people who are taking a keen and active interest in what happens in their community.”