PCC wins third Special Grant for Bedfordshire Police of £2.9m “against the odds” #HoughtonND

Bedfordshire Police have won another Special Policing Grant to cover the cost of its outstanding unit focussing on fighting gang, gun and knife crime. 

The grant will total £2.9m and will be paid to cover the cost of its exceptionally high performing specialist Boson unit targeting Serious Organised Crime groups and others involved in Serious Violence, in 2020-21. 

This latest grant to the PCC, Kathryn Holloway,  comes just days after the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, visited HQ to meet with her and Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth, and to see for himself the drugs, weapons and cash seizures achieved by the Boson team and colleagues in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit so far this year. 

Kathryn Holloway said, “For the past two years to date, against all the odds and the naysayers and even advice to forces saying that Special Grants weren’t going to be available, I’ve proved that it’s absolutely possible to win extra investment in policing if you prove what more the Home Office gets for more investment.”

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth added: “I am truly grateful for the Commissioner’s efforts, as well as those of all our officers, staff, partners and communities, who have made it their mission to tackle these issues and protect our young people from harm.”   

This latest Special Grant follows two years of similar exceptional grants to PCC Holloway to pay for the work of the Operation Boson team, of £4.571m and £3m respectively.  

Figures show that from February to July this year, the Boson team executed 43 warrants and made 108 arrests. In this time the team also seized two guns, six imitation firearms, almost four kilograms of Class A and Class B drugs and around £67,800 in cash.

For more information or support please visit the Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit’s website (VERU).

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