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May 12 2022

Knife bins and knife amnesty: May 2022

This week (Monday 9 May) a knife amnesty has launched across Essex alongside the rollout of new knife bins at 14 sites across the county, including a new knife bin at Grays. The knife bins now feature the artwork of the three secondary school pupils who won our competition to design an anti-knife poster for […]

May 12 2022

Operation Henderson: April 2022

Last week outreach workers were out across Essex as part of Operation Henderson. Operation Henderson is the campaign to raise awareness of exploitation on public transport. Youth Workers, Community Safety Partnerships, Community Policing Teams and Social Workers had some great conversations with bus station and train station workers, taxi drivers, members of the public and […]

Apr 04 2022

Home Office funding secures future of Essex VVU: April 2022

The Essex Violence and Vulnerability Partnership was today awarded over £5 million from the Home Office to continue its fight against drug driven violence, county lines and knife crime. This funding, distributed across the next three years, not only guarantees the continuation of the Violence and Vulnerability programme over this period but is a large […]

Dec 17 2021

Christmas comes early for Essex not for profit groups

Organisations across the county are today welcoming good news from the Essex Violence and Vulnerability Unit (VVU) as the VVU confirms the recipients of its community grant programme. Over 50 applications were received and after evaluation 20 organisations were awarded a combined total of £370,499. The calibre of applications was so high, and the need […]

Dec 07 2021

Statement on the government’s 10 year drug strategy: December 2021

Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, speaking on behalf of the Violence and Vulnerability Partnership said: “We welcome the government announcement that tougher measures will be introduced for those who support and fuel the County Lines drug trade that exploits our vulnerable children and people. “We welcome the recognition that we need to […]