New Violence Reduction Unit for Hampshire

From the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner:

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane has been awarded £880,000 by the Home Office to set up a Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire.

The Commissioner worked closely with Hampshire Constabulary and the four top tier authorities to develop a collaborative bid for the funding which was awarded earlier this week.

The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) will focus on tackling the root causes of violence through a programme of early intervention with young people and local communities.

Working with relevant partners and agencies including health, education, social services, probation, policing and Community Safety Partnerships, the VRU will bring together existing multi-agency work already taking place into one system, or network, of evidence, support and intervention to prevent violence.

A central team based at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will work with devolved ‘hubs’ based in the four top tier authorities, each tasked with developing an analysis of the drivers of serious violence in their area and a strategy to address them. This will ensure a specific response tailored to the needs of local communities, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Communities and young people themselves will be drawn in to share their insight and ideas to help shape the strategies.

The Hampshire VRU is one of 18 being established across the country with Home Office funding. The funding follows a £1.26 million Home Office grant to Hampshire Constabulary earlier this year to carry out enforcement activity around serious violence that will link in to preventative work undertaken by the VRU.

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said:

“I am delighted to receive this funding, which is a result of productive partnership working between those integral to tackling violence in our communities.

“Reaching young people early, building their skills and resilience and supporting them to fulfil their potential is the best way to reduce violence. A Violence Reduction Unit in Hampshire is an opportunity to bring additional capacity and focus to the existing multi-agency work going on and draw it together in order to maximise our footprint on prevention.”

FREE Workshop on County Lines and Child Criminal exploitation

Active Communities Network is offering a free workshop on 17 July 2019  to all those who work with and support vulnerable children and young people to explain what CCE / County Lines is and how it affects children, vulnerable adults and our communities.  This is a free event but spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Please follow the link here for more details and to book your place.

Communities Against Exploitation Event

Thursday 11th April 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Parents are very welcome to come along to Somerstown Adventure Playground from 1.30pm

Young people are very welcome to come along to  Somerstown Hub/Brook Club – from 1.30pm for free Sports, Workshops and Food .

Come along and learn more about Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE ) and Child Sexual Exploitation  (CSE) from a range of professionals.

The event is for both parents and young people. The aim of the event is to empower parents and young people to recognise and understand the signs and symptoms of exploitation and how to keep safe reducing the risk of exploitation.

There will be workshops, discussions and activities to join in with.

Child criminal exploitation warrants in Portsmouth

Officers in Portsmouth have carried out warrants and made four arrests as part of an investigation into child criminal exploitation related to the supply of illegal drugs in the city yesterday (October 9).

Hampshire Constabulary’s Missing and Exploited Team, with support from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, executed warrants at addresses in Paulsgrove and Fratton.

Officers arrested one man and three teenage boys and seized a quantity of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as an imitation firearm and more than £2,000 in cash.

Those arrested were:

  • A 22-year-old man from Portsmouth who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic children under the Modern Slavery Act and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 15 year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys from Portsmouth who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

They have all been released from custody but remain under investigation.

The exploitation of children is a force priority and work with partners happens every day to keep young people in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight safer.

The Missing and Exploited Team seeks to safeguard young people believed to be at risk of exploitation, target perpetrators and manage missing people.

Detective Inspector Ross Toms said: “Operations like the one carried out yesterday are only possible by working with communities and our partners.

“We can take action but we need information to build up a picture of what is happening and identify the risks to young people.

“I would encourage all parents, teachers, carers, and others who live or work with young people to be aware of the signs that a child could be being exploited and contact us or one of our partners, such as Portsmouth City Council.

“Our priority is to keep young or vulnerable people safe. Child criminal exploitation can be complex and it’s important that our partnership response looks beyond the criminality we initially identify to ensure we protect those involved with the most appropriate outcome.

”Our message to those individuals exploiting young people is simple. If you choose to use children to supply drugs or exploit them for criminal purposes we will investigate you to pursue a conviction wherever possible”.

Family Fun Day – Celebrating International Day of Peace

Multicultural event
Partners from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council are organising an International Day of Peace Community Celebration on Saturday 22 September 2018, from 11am to 4pm at Southsea Fire Station. 
This family fun day will be a celebration of the things that make this city great, and we are hoping to see all the cultures and communities in Portsmouth represented there.
Many community groups have signed up to deliver a range of activities, cook food, perform and volunteer on the day. We will also have fun activities for all ages, including a bouncy castle, interactive arts projects, henna tattoos, face painting, and balloon modelling, as well as food vendors.
Please join us as we mark this year’s UN International Day of Peace with an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse great waterfront city.

Arrests made in connection with child exploitation investigation in Portsmouth

Police have conducted a series of warrants throughout Tuesday 21 August in Portsmouth and Havant.

The arrests are in connection with a complex and detailed investigation into criminal and sexual exploitation of teenagers in Portsmouth.

A number of victims have been identified and are being supported and safeguarded by the local authority, police and other agencies.

Portsmouth District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth said: “This investigation involves specialist teams across the force and it will take us some time to understand the details.

“Gathering details from victims is a delicate process and they are being supported through this. This support will be ongoing.

“We are taking a strong partnership approach to this investigation which will continue. We’d encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to help us to contact us, or if they are more comfortable a social worker, support worker someone else trusted.

“We are communicating directly within the community, anyone with concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing team.”

Nine people were arrested and have been released under investigation:

  • Two 17-year-old boys from Portsmouth
  • 23-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 21-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • Two 15-year-old boys from Havant
  • 29-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 13-year-old boy from Portsmouth
  • 14-year-old boy from Havant

Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council have a dedicated phone number to report concerns relating to the welfare of young people in the city, 023 9243 7645.

Local domestic abuse charity awarded £299,832 from Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Families in Stress

UP2U team

This is a partnership project with SDAS, Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Royal Navy/Royal Marines Welfare (RNRMW) Service. SDAS will provide and evaluate a healthy relationships programme for Royal Navy (RN) personnel and their families: working with those using unhealthy relationships and/or domestic violence and abuse, including support for both partners.

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