Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite has today (Monday, 1 July) announced that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to get nearly £400k to prevent young people from getting involved in knife crime.
Following a successful partnership bid for Home Office funding with Peterborough City Council’s Youth Offending Service, the money worth £384,431 will fund a team of specialist workers who will support young people with complex needs who are at significant risk of criminal exploitation and youth violence.
The Home Office is making up to £22 million available through its Early Intervention Youth Fund over 12 months to Police and Crime Commissioners across the country to prevent and tackle serious youth violence and child exploitation.
Jason Ablewhite, police and crime commissioner, said: "Whilst our county is not seeing the level of violent crime witnessed in cities such as London, this money means we can get intensive services to support complex young people who are involved in exploitation and organised crime. They will benefit from working with a team of specialists, so we can do so much more to make sure young people understand the risks involved and make choices to exit exploitation.”
Cllr Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities at Peterborough City Council, said: "We welcome this funding, which will allow us to work in partnership with the county council and the police to help our young people protect themselves against criminal exploitation and youth violence.
"This specialist team will allow skilled workers to develop a trusted relationship with young people in Peterborough to support them to leave risky environments and lifestyles, keeping both young people and communities safe.”