James Brokenshire has told representatives at the Conservative Party Conference that a sustained approach is needed to combat youth violence. Speaking at the Kids Count fringe meeting in Birmingham, the Minister for Crime Prevention said that visible policing was an important part of creating a greater culture of safety, but early intervention for the least advantaged familes, schools reform and programmes to help people into work were needed to prevent crime and bring about sustained change for the better.
James also highlighted new Government proposals to let communities have a much stronger say over alcohol licensing to help curb binge fuelled violence. Other panel members at the event included Barry Mizen.
Commenting James said:
"One of the most important ways of reducing crime is by strengthening families and communities. That's why I support Government proposals to re-focus Surestart on those most in need of help and David Cameron's 'Big Society' approach to galvanise community activism and underline the shared responsibilities we all have in our own neighbourhoods."