Local MP welcomes extra police funding for tackling serious violence

Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has welcomed an extra £1.16 million for Thames Valley Police to tackling serious violence in the region. This investment is part of the additional £35.5 million announced towards Violence Reduction Units in police force areas across England and Wales.

Rob said:

“I am delighted that Thames Valley Police will receive more than £1 million to tackle the violence that has been deniing too many young people their futures. This funding will help bring together organisations across our community to confront violent crime and address its underlying causes as well as also funding positive prevention projects amongst children and young people.

“By backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safer, helping make Aylesbury a great place to live, work, visit and invest.”

The Government has now invested some £105 million in the programme, supporting more than 100,000 young people since it was established.
The money forms part of a wider government drive to tackle crime and make communities safer. This includes recruiting in 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, of whom more than 6,000 have already been hired.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, said:

“Violence Reduction Units play a vital role in preventing young people from being dragged into the horrors of serious violence, and this funding will enable them to continue this crucial work.

“I will continue to back our police with the resources and powers they need to cut crime and make your community safer.”