Police chief's offer to help young people beat crime

Northumbria Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness is offering cash help to young people who have a crime-busting idea.

Northumbria Police Police and Crime Commissoner Kim McGuinness.
Northumbria Police Police and Crime Commissoner Kim McGuinness.

The offer comes as Ms McGuinness launches the second round of her Violence Reduction Unit’s Local Youth Fund – funding protects which “make a difference” in local areas.

The first round of the fund was able to support 15 projects and she is now making another £10,000 in grants available – up to £500 per project - for young people to bid for.

Applications open on Wednesday January 5.

Ms McGuinness said: “I asked young people to tell me what matters to them in their local communities and through my Violence Reduction Unit, we've funded 15 projects across the force area.

"Now I want to hear from young people again.

“It is vitally important that we engage our region’s young people now to ensure they have the right support and opportunities to make positive decisions for the future.”

The Violence Reduction Unit is working with North East Youth Alliance on the grant project.

North East Youth Alliance chief executive Jon Niblo said: “We are proud to be a partner within the Local Youth Fund which in round one supported some really positive community projects with young people. Young people also played a key role in the decision-making process gaining new skills and confidence.”

The application form will be available to complete through the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioners website when the fund opens.

For more information on fund, email the Violence Reduction Unit at [email protected]