Request for initiatives to combat knife crime and costs since 2018

Reference: 23024

Date Added: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Category: Correspondence

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You have requested the following information:

 What is the Police and Crime Commissioner currently doing to combat knife crime?

Please supply details of current initiatives.

Please see attached Knife Angel Report. During the Knife Angel’s visit to Gwent Police 1,000 Knife Angel stickers were printed and were distributed at community events.  All were accompanied with a conversation about knife crime and anti-violence.  Although we are unable to provide the specific number of people engaged it would be significantly more than the number of stickers given out.  The report also references Fearless and Street Doctors for which further detail is attached.   Please see TABLE C and D in the attached Spreadsheet for engagement figures.  

Details of other initiatives tackling serious violence are published on our website and the links can be found in TABLE A of the attached spreadsheet.

What has been spent (£) on these initiatives?

Please see TABLE A and TABLE B.

Please supply figures for the past five years (calendar or financial) -- from 2018 to the present.

Please see TABLE A and TABLE B.

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