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COURSE SHOWING DANGERS AND CONSEQUENCES OF KNIFE CRIME ROLLED OUT

Date: 2009-11-23
Source: Home Office
Link: http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/course-shows-dangers-knifecrime

A hard hitting programme to educate young people convicted of knife possession about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife has been rolled out across all tackling knives and serious youth violence action programme (TKAP) areas, Home Office Minister David Hanson announced today.

Following a pilot, the knife crime prevention programme (KCPP) is now being run by nearly 100 youth offending teams in TKAP areas.

The programme is targeted solely at young people (aged 10 — 17) convicted of any offence involving a knife and does not replace the tough sentences imposed on adults or repeat offenders.

Run by the Home Office and Youth Justice Board the programme consists of eight modules including — attitudes towards carrying a knife, the legal implications of buying knives, impact of knife wounds including images, and talks from victims or their family. Alongside these tough messages, the young people are provided with support such as help leaving gangs, advice for managing anger or self referral pathways for those who feel threatened.

LOCAL CRIME FIGURES AND NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE DETAILS AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON

Date: 2009-10-20
Source: Home Office
Link: http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/local-crime-figures

A new interactive national map giving the public access to local statistics and details on neighbourhood policing in their area was launched today by Home Office Minister David Hanson and National Policing Improvement Agency Deputy Chief Executive Steve Mortimore.

The online map will allow residents to view figures for all crime as well as burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour in their area at the touch of a button.

For the first time people can compare one police area with another, compare figures over a three-month period against the same period for the previous year and see annual crime rates.

The public will also be able to see details of their neighbourhood police team, local policing priorities and information about forthcoming local events such as crime prevention meetings and local surgeries.

The website was developed by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and police forces across England and Wales, on behalf of the Home Office.

MORE SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS AS HOME SECRETARY DEMANDS TOUGH LOCAL ACTION AGAINST ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Date: 2009-10-13
Source: Home Office
Link: http://http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/more-victim-support

Extra help for victims of anti-social behaviour, a crackdown on those that breach ASBOs and new local minimum service standards agreed with the public, that outline what they should expect from councils, police and social landlords to deal with intimidation, was pledged today by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

As part of a drive to ensure that anti-social behaviour (new window) is dealt with more swiftly and effectively, the Home Secretary is improving the measures available to tackle the harmful impact of disorder and harassment that can make life a misery for local residents.

Today’s package of measures builds on the government’s success in driving down anti-social behaviour.

The last 12 years has seen a raft of specially tailored new powers, which are proven to work, introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in all its forms, including ASBOs (new window), dispersal orders and, most recently, premises closure orders.

Latest figures from the British Crime Survey (new window) show there has been a fall in people’s perception of ASB as a problem in their area over the last six years.
The new measures introduced today include:
Better support for victims of ASB

* for the first time, all victims taking a stand in the Magistrates Courts against offenders whose anti-social behaviour is blighting communities will be offered help by Victim Support’s witness service. This will include support in court proceedings, offering someone to accompany the witness when they give evidence and providing follow-up assistance when the court case is over
* almost £2.8m over the next two years for a network of 85 victims and witness champions to be set up in priority areas across the country to stand alongside victims, delivering practical help to those taking a stand. This will include ensuring more people get support as victims of ASB, more joined up services where they already exist, training is offered to local anti-social behaviour coordinators and a single local referral point for all victim and witnesses.

Driving up prosecutions when ASBOs are breached

* a clear expectation that local areas (crime disorder reduction partnerships - council, police and social landlords) ensure court action is taken against those who break the law by breaching ASBOs
* a new assessment, with commitment from the Justice Secretary and the Attorney General, of how breaches are currently being dealt with
* new cross CJS guidance on dealing effectively with breaches

JACK STRAW ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NATIONAL VICTIMS' SERVICE

Date: 2009-09-29
Source: Ministry of Justice
Link: http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease290909a.htm

Families of murder and manslaughter victims are to benefit from a boost in practical and emotional support, after Jack Straw announced proposals for a new National Victims Service, beginning with a service for those affected by murder and manslaughter.

The National Victims Service, which will be introduced during this financial year, will begin its work by offering one-to-one tailored support to all those bereaved by murder or manslaughter to help them cope with the trauma of losing a loved one to crime.

The government is providing an extra £2 million this financial year to the national organisation, Victim Support, to provide the service, ensuring that bereaved families are offered the services of an individual support worker who will:

* conduct a personalised needs assessment for family members
* provide specialist emotional, practical and financial support, responding to the individual needs of bereaved relatives
* liaise with criminal justice agencies on behalf of the family
* help families to access additional services such as legal services, financial advice and post-traumatic stress disorder counselling
* deliver updates from the criminal justice agencies involved in the investigation in order to ensure that the family are aware of and fully involved in the progress of the case
* will continue to provide support post sentence.

An extra £8.5 million will be available for allocation for the next financial year.

TOUGH NEW POWERS TO HELP VICTIMS BREAK CYCLE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Date: 2009-09-29
Source: Home Office
Link: http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/tough-new-powers

Violent partners will be banned from their homes and their victims given support to escape abuse under new proposals due to be unveiled today by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Police will be able to initiate a Domestic Violence Protection Order, also known as 'Go' orders, barring perpetrators of domestic violence from their homes for up to a fortnight, giving their victim breathing space to consider their options.

Today the Home Secretary is expected to outline the powers which will be reinforced by support for victims. Local caseworkers will use the period of the order to advise the partner about services if they decide to leave the relationship including practical help to secure a longer-term injunction.

SCHOOLBOY'S DANCING WINS NATIONWIDE 'GOOD 4 THE HOOD' COMPETITION TO HELP TACKLE YOUTH CRIME

Date: 2009-09-28
Source: Home Office
Link: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=407036&SubjectId=2



An East London schoolboy's dream of improving his neighbourhood by running free Diversity-style dance classes for young people to get them off the streets has become a reality after he won a nationwide competition, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced today.

Dancer Wacky Rymel, 16, will soon be holding free classes teaching robotic dance moves to young people on his Hackney estate. He won the chance after coming first in the Government-backed MTV competition 'Good 4 The Hood', which saw entries from more than 300 young people across the UK.

It is part of the Government's drive to prevent young people becoming involved in crime and empowering them to make a difference in their own communities.

The Government has invested £100m in the Youth Crime Action Plan designed to tackle youth crime through support, intervention, prevention and tough enforcement where needed.

In addition to this, Aiming High is the Government's ten-year youth strategy, which sets out plans to enable all young people, particularly those in deprived areas, to take part in positive activities and develop new skills and raise aspirations. Aiming High was launched in July 2007 and has £679 million in funding.

HELPING VULNERABLE WOMEN OFFENDERS

Date: 2009-09-25
Source: Government Equalities Office
Link: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=407032&SubjectId=2

Maria Eagle, Ministerial Champion for Women in the Criminal Justice System and Deputy Minister for Women and Equality, today launched Women in Focus, a roadshow of events which will look at how to best support vulnerable women offenders, who are not a danger to the public, within the community.

The series of events, the first of which was held in Birmingham today, will be attended by local front line professionals (healthcare workers, prison and probation officers, Crown Prosecution Service staff and charities) and will include interactive workshops on topics including housing issues faced by women offenders, and the impact of imprisonment on women and their families.

The events will focus on looking at the need to divert women, who are not serious or dangerous offenders, from custody and providing additional services in the community to make sure women offenders and women at risk of offending are getting the support they need.

DESIGNERS TO FIND NEW WAYS OF PROTECTING SHOPKEEPERS FROM CRIME

Date: 2009-09-25
Source: Home Office
Link: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=407019&SubjectId=2



A competition has been opened for designers to develop new ideas or methods to tackle retail crimes such as shoplifting, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said today,

Design students from across the country are being invited to enter the competition as part of the national Retail Crime Action Plan, which sets out a broad range of actions to tackle crime against retailers and small businesses.

The competition is part of the Home Secretary's Design and Technology Alliance's work to "design out" crime. It is aimed at generating innovative and cost-effective ways of stopping crimes likes shoplifting or "dipping" with measures such as new types of packaging, new shop layouts or products such as more secure trolleys and baskets.

EXPANDED PLANS TO TACKLE SERIOUS YOUTH VIOLENCE UNVEILED

Date: 2009-07-22
Source: Home Office
Link: http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-releases/plans-tackle-youth-violence

Details of the next phase of the Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP), including a specialist team to help tackle gang related violence, were unveiled by Home Secretary Alan Johnson today.

The next phase of Tackling Knives Action Programme (TKAP), which was expanded in March to tackle all forms of serious violence amongst 13 – 24 year olds, is operating in 16 police force areas in England and Wales. TKAP is one of the cross-government initiatives to tackle youth violence alongside the Youth Crime Action Plan (new window).

Intelligence from the TKAP police forces suggests that while the likelihood of young people being involved in serious violence remains rare, the risks may vary between age groups. For example younger teenagers are more likely to be affected on the street, particularly in the time after school, whereas older teenagers and people in their early twenties are more likely to be affected when out and about in or outside bars and clubs, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
The TKAP Phase II strategy includes:

* LOCAL ACTION – police forces in each TKAP area delivering a targeted programme of action to tackle serious youth violence
* BETTER INTELLIGENCE - 100 hospitals to be sharing anonymous data on their knife related admissions with police by the end of this year, with £220,000 for 13 hospital trusts to drive this work
* AWARENESS RAISING - a £2m multi-media marketing campaign to raise awareness among young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and harness the power of peer influence
* INTERVENTION - roll-out of the eight-part knife possession prevention programme, which includes education on the dangers of carrying knives, the law and the impact of knife crime on victims and communities across all TKAP areas
* TACKLING GANGS – £100,000 for specialist team to work with local areas to tackle gang related problems led by the Association of Chief Police Officers (new window) (ACPO)
* PREVENTION – work to prevent homelessness among young people, and their families, affected by gang activity.

MORE KNIFE CRIME OFFENDERS JAILED

Date: 2009-06-11
Source: Ministry of Justice
Link: http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease110609a.htm

More criminals are being jailed for carrying a knife and the number of offences dealt with involving knives has fallen, according to new statistics published by the Ministry of Justice today.

The statistics also show that offenders caught carrying a knife are receiving longer prison sentences and fewer cautions.

Between January and March 2009 the statistics show a fall of 7% in the total number of offences involving possession of a knife or other offensive weapon dealt with to 6,477 from 6,931, compared to same period in 2008. This fall increases to 15% for youths aged between 10 and 17.

The number of prisoners serving a sentence for possession of an offensive weapon increased by nearly half again (44%) between the first quarter of 2008 and the same period in 2009.

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