South Yorkshire VRU: Home Office pledges £1.6m
South Yorkshire Police will get an extra £1.6m to tackle violent crime.
The Home Office funding is to pay for a violence reduction unit (VRU), similar to Glasgow's which launched after a rise in crime there.
The South Yorkshire VRU will enlist experts to address the causes of knife crime, the region's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said.
Knife crime in South Yorkshire almost doubled in the last nine years.
South Yorkshire's PCC, Dr Alan Billings, said Sheffield had eight fatal stabbings in in 2018 and nearly 1,000 offences involving a knife that same year.
He said Glasgow's 10-year strategy had dramatically cut murders and stabbings.
The Scottish city was branded "murder capital of Europe" by the World Health Organisation in 2005 because of rising violent crime, but knife crime fell dramatically after a VRU was introduced in the city.
In the Glasgow model, police, schools and hospitals and charities work together using an "evidence-based approach" to treat violent crime as a disease.
Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said the South Yorkshire VRU will tackle serious violence: "We are losing too many young lives to the horrors of serious violence and it's crucial that all parts of our society work together to tackle it head-on," he said.
Dr Billings said: "I support the 'public health' approach to violent crime, treating violence as a disease whose spread can be stopped if we tackle the causes and not just the disease itself."
The extra cash comes from £35m set aside from the £100m government's Violent Crime Fund, announced in the March Statement.
It was provisionally allocated to 18 areas of England and Wales.
Dr Billings has met with ex-prisoners helped by Glasgow's VRU.
Callum Hutchison, stabbed on his doorstep nine times after being in territorial gangs, now works in a cafe.
He said: "The most rewarding thing is my kids no longer have to come to visit me in prison. My kids don't have to go to my funeral. They get their dad back."
Sheffield knife crime victims
- Gavin Singleton, 31, was stabbed in the chest on Walkley Lane in Sheffield in September 2018 in a "petty" row over cash. Danny Trotter, 24, was found guilty of his murder.
- Kavan Brissett, 21, was stabbed in the chest in an alleyway off Langsett Walk, in Upperthorpe, in August. Ahmed Farrah (Reggie), 29, is wanted in connection with his death.
- Jarvin Blake, 22, was knifed in the heart in daylight in Burngreave in March 2018. Four men in a rival drugs gang were jailed for his murder last week.
- Glenn Boardman, 59, from Chapeltown, had his throat slit by his neighbour in a row about stolen money. Michael Goddard, 51, was jailed in December.
- Fahim Hersi, 22, was stabbed to death outside Cineworld in September
- Samuel Baker, 15, died after he was stabbed in the chest during a street fight in Lowedges. Another teenager was sentenced over the death.
- Ryan Jowle, 19, was stabbed in the chest at a block of flats in Woodhouse in May 2018. Rival drug dealer Franck Kiongazi, 23, was jailed over the death.
- In March, an 83-year-old woman with dementia admitted stabbing Alan Grayson to death at his home in Handsworth