Preventing Serious Violence

The APCC is supporting PCCs as they bring partners together to tackle the scourge of serious violence in our communities, including leading work in 18 areas across the country to create and deliver multi-agency Violence Reduction Units to identify and address the root causes of serious violence – for example, by prevention vulnerable young people from being recruited into gangs. 

Our priorities for preventing serious violence are:

  • To provide leadership and support to multi-agency partnerships to tackle serious violence, reducing violent crime and keeping vulnerable people safe
  • To continue to lead and support the development of Violence Reduction Units, drawing on the learning to support all PCCs to deliver VRU-style approaches in their local areas.



The APCC’s work on preventing serious violence is developed through our Serious Violence Portfolio leading our work to support Violence Reduction Units and to support the implementation of the national serious violence strategy.

Preventing Serious Violence

Leading our work to support PCCs in preventing serious violence.

Joint Lead: Simon Foster, PCC West Midlands

Joint Lead: Steve Turner, PCC Cleveland


Alex Campbell - Senior Policy Manager

Leads on Serious Organised Crime and Specialist Capabilities, Forensics and Cyber & Fraud and the Serious Violence Portfolio.



Latest News

APCC welcomes part two of Dame Carol Black’s review, to which PCCs submitted evidence

Dame Carol is right to place an emphasis on addressing the health issues related to drug taking

PCCs tell MPs they are ideally-placed to bring agencies closer together to prevent crime

PCCs David Lloyd and Alison Hernandez gave their views on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to the Public Bill Committee

Women and girls are speaking up about how they often feel scared as they go about their daily business

APCC Victims Leads: "They shouldn’t have to feel scared, but they do."

Resources and Publications

vrus-in-focus-final.pdf, 5.82Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-prevention-in-focus.pdf, 2.25Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-serious-violence-in-focus-final.pdf, 3.83Mb