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Crimes of Violence: Coventry

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce the level of violent crime in Coventry in the last 12 months. (276691)

The Government nationally have been over the last 12 months implementing a wide ranging programme as set out in the Tackling Violence Action Plan published in February 2008. We are reviewing and refreshing that plan particularly to focus on the key priorities of serious youth violence and violence against women.

Examples of steps taken in Coventry include:

Coventry was allocated £335,669 basic command unit funding for 2008-09 which is to help deliver crime and disorder reduction locally, promote partnership working, and to assist in the delivery of the objectives set out in the Government’s Public Service Agreements for 2008 to 2011.

Coventry Community Safety Partnership received funding of £81,540 to support a tackling violent crime programme designed to reduce violent crime and fear of crime and increase public confidence. A range of tactical interventions were deployed over the Christmas 2008 period, which achieved a 4.9 per cent. reduction in overall crime, against an anticipated 2 per cent. reduction target.

Coventry has been designated as an alcohol priority area and is receiving funding from the Home Office for enforcement and a communications campaign.

Work is also ongoing to strengthen Coventry’s multi-agency approach to licensing enforcement.

Coventry's health services produce fortnightly data which are then sent to the police and other partners through the partnerships' Active Intelligence Mapping arrangements, which enables regular and appropriate deployment of operational resources.

Funding has been provided to assist with the expansion and development of the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, set up to provide services to women (and their children) who have suffered from rape and sexual abuse.