£1.6m FUNDING FOR A VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT

The policing minister has today, (Monday, 12 August 2019) announced that South Yorkshire have been awarded £1.6m funding to set up a violence reduction unit (VRU).

South Yorkshire to get £1.6 million funding for Violence Reduction Unit

South Yorkshire PCC has been awarded £1.6 million of funding to set up a violence reduction unit, the Policing Minister has announced today (Monday 12 August).

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

At this time of year I am often invited to drop in on summer activities for young people, some of which I may have funded through a small grants scheme I run.

SENIOR LEADERS DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF SERIOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME

The daughter of a victim of knife crime has told a gathering of senior leaders, including the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, of the devastating impact of her father’s murder.

LAUNCH OF PROJECT 0114

Project 0114 – the partnership project set up with Home Office funding through Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city is underway.

CRIME IN ROTHERHAM

Whenever I go to community meetings and ask people in the Rotherham area what their main concerns are they almost always say either burglaries or speeding motorists.

LINKS BETWEEN POVERTY AND CRIME

Sometimes people ask me whether there is a link between poverty and crime. When they do, my first thoughts turn to my own childhood. I grew up in a very deprived part of an East Midlands industrial town.

PUBLICATION OF THE ONS CRIME STATISTICS – APRIL 2019

The crime statistics for 2018 have today (Thursday, 25 April 2019) been published by the ONS and show a mixed picture both nationally and in South Yorkshire.Overall, while crime nationally increased by 7%, in South Yorkshire there was a slight fall of 2%.

YOYO at Netherwood Academy – Barnsley

On 10 April 2019, YOYO visited Kirk Balk Academy, Barnsley The pupils covered the subject of Guns, Gangs and Knives.

CHILD CRIMINAL EXPLOITATION

At the start of a new financial year, I realise that five years ago this summer the Jay Report was published and CSE - child sexual exploitation - entered our consciousness and our vocabulary.

YOYO at Kirk Balk Academy – Barnsley

On 26 March 2019, YOYO visited Kirk Balk Academy, Barnsley. The pupils covered the subject of Guns, Gangs and Knives and you can listen to the podcasts produced by the pupils.

YOYO at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College – Sheffield

On 20 March 2019, YOYO visited Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, Sheffield. The pupils covered the subject of Guns, Gangs and Knives and you can listen to the podcasts produced by the pupils.