New police team to patrol violent crime hotspots in Sheffield in new £1m operation
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Police chiefs in the city have an ‘approval in principal’ for £1 million from the Home Office to tackle violent crime, including shootings and stabbings, on Sheffield’s streets.
Operation Grip is expected to be launched over the next few weeks and will run until March next year.
The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit working in partnership with the Serious Violent Crime Task Force from South Yorkshire Police bid for the cash.
The Violence Reduction Unit said: “If successful, the programme of work will identify the locations that experience violence within South Yorkshire.
“Each identified area will receive patrols each day from a dedicated team of police officers. The regular hi-visibility patrols will provide intense engagement time between the police officers and the community.
“The aim of this programme is to rapidly reduce the levels of violent crime within these areas by targeted work.
“The programme is still in the forming process as we await confirmation of the funding from the Home Office. It is expected that the majority of patrols will take place within Sheffield and activity will be starting within the coming weeks.”
It added: “One dedicated policing team will coordinate patrolling all of the areas each day. This is in addition to usual neighbourhood policing activity that communities will be used to seeing. These will be existing officers from the force.”
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