THAMES Valley Police will get an extra £1.94m to deal with the high levels of violent crime in the region.

The funding was announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday as part of the final allocation of a new £100m pot to tackle serious violence.

The 18 forces in the worst affected areas of violent crime, which includes Thames Valley Police, are set to benefit from a larger share of the fund.

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It is on top of the £422.7m the force already receives as a result of the Police Funding Settlement for 2019/20, including council tax, and is the eighth largest amount across the UK.

The £100m Serious Violence Fund was announced by the Government in the March Spring Statement.

An initial £51m was revealed before Easter for additional officer deployments, improved intelligence, and short-term operational actions such as targeting habitual knife carriers.

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Mr Javid said: “I’ve been doing everything in my power to ensure we have the strongest possible response to tackle violent crime - and law enforcement plays a key role in this.

“This money means forces can take urgent action, including more officers on duty in the worst affected areas.

“It takes a collective effort to tackle violent crime and I’ll continue to work closely with police and partners to end this senseless bloodshed.”

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Around a third of the funding - £35 million - will support the setting up of violence reduction units, which bring together police, health agencies, local government, and community representatives, as well as other preventative activity across the country.

Another £1.6 million is being spent on ensuring forces collect better data to help their planning and ensure targeted action.

The full funding announcement comes ahead of a Prime Minister-chaired ministerial meeting in Downing Street this week on tackling serious youth violence.