44/2023 – Serious Violence Duty Fund 2023/24

Author and Job Role: Sarah Haywood, Serious Violence Programme Lead

Protective Marking:  OFFICIAL

In April 2023 the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey was issued a grant to support the named specified authorities under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 to deliver the Serious Violence Duty. The Duty requires specified authorities for a local government area to work together and plan to prevent and reduce serious violence, including identifying the kinds of serious violence that occur in the area, the causes of that violence (so far as it is possible to do so), and to prepare and implement a strategy for preventing, and reducing serious violence in the area. The Duty also requires the specified authorities to consult educational, prison and youth custody authorities4 for the area in the preparation of their strategy.

The funding awarded for 2023/24 totalled £341,768.35 and was split between labour costs: £222,555.91 and non-labour costs: £119,212.44. The delivery plan for 2023/24 was presented and agreed by the Surrey Serious Violence Reduction Partnership which has representatives from the specified and relevant authorities. This decision note formally recognises that agreement and the funding split.

Serious Violence Labour Grant

The labour grant has been awarded specifically to support partners in developing their response to the Duty. The following funding has been committed against officer time in delivering the needs assessment and strategy.

Serious Violence Programme lead£61,740.14  
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner analytical Support£8,815.86  
Surrey County Council analytical support£6,793.00  
Surrey Police analytical support£18,574.08  
Surrey Police officer support£12,990.00  
District and Borough / Community Safety Partnership allocation for officer time£104,500.00 (£9,500 allocated to each of the 11 areas)  

Serious Violence non-Labour Grant

The non labour grant has been awarded to support partnership deliver targeted interventions to prevent and reduce violence. That partnership have agreed to share the funding amongst the following projects:

Circles SE – Op Shield£20,541.25  
Experience Guildford – Op Shield£6,000  
Surrey County Council – Engage£37,500  
Surrey Police and Crimestoppers – countylines week£3,786  
Catalyst – Cuckooing Service£45,426                                                                    
Redhill Boxing Club – CYP targeted service£5,959

The PCC supports the recommended allocation of the Serious Violence Duty labour fund in Surrey and awards the following;

  • £61,740.14 to the Local Policing Body for the recruitment of a Serious Violence Programme Lead
  • £8,815.86 to the Local Policing Body for analytical support for 2023/24
  • £6,793.00 to Surrey County Council for analytical support for 2023/24
  • £18,574.08 to Surrey Police for analytical support for 2023/24
  • £12,990.00 to Surrey Police for project support for 2023/24
  • £104,500 to be allocated to each of Surrey’s District and Boroughs / Community Safety Partnerships for local delivery of the Duty in 2023/24

The PCC supports the recommended allocation of the Serious Violence Duty non labour fund in Surrey and awards the following;

  • £20,541.25 to Circles SE for Op Shield.
  • £6,000 to Experience Guildford for communication and support for Op Shield.
  • £37,500 to Surrey County Council’s Youth Justice Team for the Engage project.
  • £3,786 to Surrey Police and Crimestoppers for the delivery of Countylines Week.
  • £45,426 to Catalyst for the Cuckooing Service.
  • £5,959 to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in care of Redhill Boxing Club for the development of a CYP targeted service

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend (wet signed copy held at PCC office)

Date: 29 January 2024

All decisions must be added to the decision register.


The recommendations in this report have been agreed by the Serious Violence Reduction Partnership, Community Safety Partnerships and the local Serious Violence Operational Group which consists of all the specified and relevant authorities as named in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

Financial implications

Funded using allocation from the Serious Violence Duty Fund


The Local Policing Body have followed the legal and financial requirements as set out in the Serious Violence Duty Grant from the Home Office.


The Serious Violence Duty Operational Group has a risk register which keeps track of the risks and challenges associated with delivering the duty and the projects connected to the funding.

Equality and diversity

Each deliverable has considered the equality and diversity implications. An equality impact assessment will be completed for the Serious Violence Reduction partnership by the end of the financial year.

Risks to human rights

No risks