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Serious Violence Conference discusses new strategy

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Key professionals from organisations with an interest in reducing crime gathered in Newton Aycliffe yesterday to consider the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy.

Speaking at the event, Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins set out the strategy’s key messages and action being taken at national level. Other speakers, including Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, discussed activities in the North East which are designed to combat serious violence, and how they are increasingly working together. A passionate speech from the mother of a young man who was stabbed to death brought home the reality of serious violence to delegates.

The Serious Violence Strategy promotes a ‘public health’ approach to serious violence. The Home Office is currently consulting on a new legal duty for police officers, education partners, local authority and health care professionals to take action and prevent violent crime. Deadline for consultation is the 28th May.

Speaking at the event, Ron Hogg said "in Durham we are working together to identify individuals who are at risk of becoming involved in serious violence, and putting in place measures to divert them into more rewarding, fulfilling activities. Durham Constabulary's Checkpoint scheme, aimed at low-level adult offenders, is demonstrating real benefits in terms of reducing re-offending. We also have an established mini-police initiative in schools aimed at supporting the force's priorities and engaging with other young people to prevent crime".

Posted on Friday 10th May 2019
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