Focused Deterrence offers tailored intensive support, targeted interventions and swift enforcement for individuals causing the most disruption and chaos in our communities.

Sunderland City Centre became the first area to benefit from this intervention with the development of the SAIL (Sunderland Altogether Improving Lives) Team.

The team brings together a range of partners to identify young people causing the most harm in the city centre, and works with them to address their behaviour, as well as responding to the wider needs of their families.

This intensive support has seen young people re-engage with education and undertake training and employment opportunities, therefore providing a positive diversion from violent crime.

Following the success in Sunderland, work is ongoing to replicate this intensive programme of support in Newcastle, to disrupt violent crime by working with known individuals to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.