APCC Chair and Serious Violence Lead, Mark Burns-Williamson PCC said:
“Any additional funding to tackle knife and violent crime is to be welcomed. We have long advocated a whole system approach and the proposed investment in new violent crime reduction units is an important step forward. We will be working closely with the Home Office and Chief Constables to help coordinate how this funding is to be spent productively.
“In the meantime, in order to protect our communities, we will continue to build a compelling case for increases in central police funding to increase capacity and allow for further investment in crime prevention, in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review. This will be crucial in sustaining a long-term approach to reducing knife and violent crime generally.”