MPs in Gedling borough today reacted to the news that Nottinghamshire Police has been awarded a provisional £1million Home Office grant to help combat the rise in knife crime across the area.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said the force had been chosen as one of 18 nationally to be handed the extra cash to help tackle the problem.
He said the funding would help the force maximise operational resources to protect the public and respond robustly to anyone suspected of carrying weapons.
Mr Coaker, who is MP for Gedling, welcomed the news, but was also critical of Home Secretary Sajid Javid for taking too long to act on the rise in knife crime.
He said: “I of course welcome the announcement of £1 million extra funding for Nottinghamshire Police to tackle serious violence and knife crime and I was happy to support this bid. However this is not the end of the matter, we must continue to campaign for investment in the causes of serious crime.
“Youth services, schools and mental health services have suffered due to years of Government cuts and these services need to have their investment returned to pre-austerity levels, otherwise, the £1 million of funding announced yesterday will rendered an unstainable sticking plaster employed to cover a widening government inflicted wound.
“The Home Secretary has had ample opportunity to invest in knife crime prevention. I will be writing to him to ask why he has left it so late to act, and why he chose not to acknowledge his government’s decision to axe 21,000 front-line policing roles since 2010, in his speech on Monday.
He added: “This funding is a step in the right direction and I congratulate Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford for securing the funding for our force, and for the hard work he and his team carry out under increasing financial pressures.
“Colleagues from Gedling Borough Council and our Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping have worked tirelessly to ensure that Nottinghamshire receives the funding it needs to keep the public safe. It’s their dogged and persevering attitude towards public safety for our communities that has helped deliver this cash boost”.
MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer welcomed the news of the funding.
He said: “This is really positive news to see our local Nottinghamshire Police getting this funding.”
“I know that it will be put to good us and will go towards tackling crime that affects local people in Sherwood. I’m always happy to support the Police in any way I can.”
Police forces have been allocated funding according to hospital admissions data for sharp object assaults, reflecting levels of serious violence in each force area.
Nottinghamshire Police has been asked to report back on how they intend to spend the money by the end of May.