Over the next six months Thames Valley Police will be targeting hotspots across the force area to tackle knife crime and serious violence, with neighbourhood officers supported by additional specialist officers.
The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit, together with the Reading children services organisation Brighter Futures for Children, contributed to a training session for officers from Thames Valley Police to help raise awareness of the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on young people.
Thames Valley Police and the Violence Reduction Unit has made a force-wide commitment to maintaining the provision of specially-trained schools officers, with new resources available to help support young people, keep them safe and prevent them being drawn into crime and violence.
Our latest blog by Annabelle Goodenough of Crimestoppers marks our support for their latest campaign to tackle violence and the importance of community-led intelligence.
A new VRU Community & Voluntary Sector Board has been formed to improve the way the VRU works with the range of local community, voluntary sector and faith-based organisations, young people and diverse communities.
Two blogs have been published today to celebrate UN International Youth Day, providing insight and experience from both a youth services provider and a young person growing up in Reading.
The Government has confirmed that a bid for an additional £800,000 to fund youth intervention programmes in Oxfordshire has been secured by the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit.
Using the analytical capabilities of the Thames Valley Together data platform, the VRU identified over 80 individuals who may have been vulnerable, informing the safeguarding response.
Volunteers will be working in the Royal Berkshire Hospital Emergency Department, offering mentoring support to young people admitted in circumstances involving risky behaviours.
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit is supporting new research into the use of Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs) undertaken by the leading policing research body and think-tank, Crest Advisory.
The Director of the Thames Valley VRU has welcomed new prohibitions on deadly weapons as an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Act comes into force.
The Director of the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit is to guest edit a leading journal, exploring brain injury and the criminal justice system.