In 2015, Hardyal Dhindsa, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire created a two-year Sport and Crime Prevention programme. This Home Office-funded initiative mobilised eight other Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), as well as Network Rail – with StreetGames acting as the lead project management agent. 

The programme also commissioned researchers from Loughborough University to evaluate and identify the top 10 characteristics of community sports interventions that contributed to community safety. Their goal was to create an evidence base that illustrated how sporting involvement can work to reduce youth offending and anti-social behaviour (ASB). 

 The projects were all unique and developed to reflect the context in which they were located. Despite this bespoke approach, the projects were underpinned by these same ten principles, and it is these characteristics that account for the success of the projects in recruiting and retaining young people in projects that were typically both diversionary and developmental.

The evaluation utilised two approaches to exploring the potential cost savings of the pilot and both approaches produced very favourable figures - figures that indicate considerable potential benefits for PCCs and sports organisations when working in unison. 

“In Derbyshire I have championed the role that sport and physical activity can play [in reducing youth offending] and have chaired a national Crime Prevention and Sport Steering Group in partnership with StreetGames. Together, we secured funding to build the understanding and evidence-base around the impact that sport can have when used as a preventative measure, particularly in response to high levels of youth crime or Anti-Social Behaviour." (Hardya Dhindsa, PCC for Derbyshire)

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