Funds available to help prevent crime and make communities safer


£200,000 is available from the sale of items seized from criminals

Money from the sale of items seized from criminals is being made available for community groups to help prevent crime and make communities safer.   The items are sold when they can’t be returned to their rightful owners.

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber has opened the second of this year’s application rounds to the Community Fund, with £200,000 available.

Organisations can apply for grants for projects that support one of Mr Barber’s ‘Police and Criminal Justice Plan’ priorities.   These include preventing crime, protecting communities and vulnerable people and reducing re-offending.

Mr Barber said: “In the Thames Valley, we are fortunate to have an active community who play a significant role in supporting us to tackle local issues around crime prevention and supporting vulnerable groups.

“I have been out to visit several groups previously funded this year to see how the Community Fund is benefitting our communities. Over the past month, I have visited five organisations who are working hard to support a number of my key policing priorities.

“I look forward to receiving applications which focus on a range of areas within my Police and Criminal Justice Plan including crime prevention, modern crimes such as cybercrime and fraud, supporting victims and reducing re-offending.”

The closing date for this round of applications is 12pm on September 11.  Successful applicants will be invited to attend a presentation event in November.

Jason Hogg, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said: “The Community Fund provides an opportunity for community and voluntary groups to apply for funding in support of projects which are focused on key policing priorities in Thames Valley.

“Being able to use this money, which has been generated from the sale of items seized from criminals, to support projects who are working to support our communities is a real privilege.

“This funding will ensure groups can continue to run projects that play an important role in preventing crime and protecting our communities.

Further information is available here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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