Commissioner’s call to action: Can you help tackle violent crime in our county?
Published: 10 February 2022
Are you an organisation that helps to prevent violent crime and behaviour? Are you a referral service that works with people involved or at risk of involvement in violent crime? Does your organisation work with young people through offering social activities or apprenticeships? If so, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, wants to hear from you.
The Youth Endowment Fund supports projects that prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence, and awards grants to various agencies. As part of his plans to submit a bid to the fund, John Dwyer has launched a call for expressions of interest from organisations who work with young people and could play a role in tackling violent crime and behaviour.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said:
“Areas like Cheshire are often overlooked for this type of funding in favour of the big cities, but that doesn’t mean we don’t face similar issues. We have young people and communities in our county that would benefit massively from this investment, should the bid be successful.
“I want to hear from community organisations and service providers who could join me in developing solutions and a delivering a series of projects to prevent young people from falling into a life of crime, and tackle violent crime in our county. This bid is at an early planning stage, and I want to harness every bit of experience I can to give us the best chance of success.”
The Commissioner would like to hear from a wide range of providers across the sectors who are currently delivering services, or have a desire to expand their services, to young people in Cheshire which aim to reduce serious and/or violent crime.
The theme for the funding that the Commissioner intends to bid for is Focused Deterrence. This is an approach to reducing violence that identifies individuals involved in violent crime and offers them direct positive support, as well as clear communication of the consequences of their behaviour. It also focuses on wider community engagement and discussion between victims and offenders.