LAUNCH OF THE SOUTH YORKSHIRE VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE VIOLENCE REDUCTION FUND

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has officially launched today (Tuesday, 1 October 2019) with £1.6m of Home Office funding. The Unit will be working to prevent and reduce violence across South Yorkshire, including knife crime.

PUBLICATION OF THE ONS CRIME STATISTICS – JULY 2019

The crime statistics for 2018 have today (Thursday, 18 July 2019) been published by the ONS and South Yorkshire has seen an overall 2% increase in crime, compared to an 8% increase nationally.

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%.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE TO GET £2m FUNDING TO TACKLE KNIFE CRIME

The Minister for Policing, Nick Hurd, has written to Police and Crime Commissioners to say that £100m of additional funding is to be made available in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence, in particular knife crime.

GOVERNMENT EMPOWERS OFFICERS TO STOP AND SEARCH

The Government have announced that they are empowering more officers in South Yorkshire to authorise enhanced stop and search powers to help tackle the rise in knife crime.

EXTRA FUNDING TO HELP COMBAT KNIFE CRIME

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the announcement of extra funding from the Government to help with the serious issue of knife crime in South Yorkshire.

CRIME STATISTICS – KNIFE CRIME DOWN IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE

The Crime Statistics have been published today, (Thursday, 24 January 2019) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

ENFORCEMENT VS. ENCOURAGEMENT

The first thing anyone interested in policing wants to know is: what will reduce crime? On this, people divide into two camps.

TACKLING KNIFE CRIME

Stop and search has been a contentious issue for police and public for as long as I can remember. The aim of stop and search is to deter people from carrying offensive weapons or drugs because of the risk of being caught.