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Schools invited to compete for community funding to help fight crime

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is reminding schools to put themselves forward if they would like to compete for a one-off community grant in the New Year.

The Schools and Community Grant 2014 scheme is open to Secondary Schools and colleges across Derbyshire and will see three lucky nominees chosen to each receive a £1,000 grant to fund a community-based project aimed at crime reduction.

The project is one of a series of measures to help Commissioner Charles connect with young people and give the younger generation a bigger voice about how policing can be improved to reflect their views and needs. An extensive youth engagement programme is planned for 2014 to enable young people to shape the priorities within his Police and Crime Plan. This includes the launch of a youth survey in February which will be circulated to all secondary schools in the county to generate feedback from students, as well as numerous visits to schools and educational organisations.

Schools have until January 13 to express an interest in bidding for the grant and further information about the next stage of the process will be issued in February. The successful schools will be announced in late spring 2014.

Commissioner Charles said: “I’m always looking for new ways of communicating with the younger generation so that the decisions I make are current and have value. Young people are quite often disproportionately affected by crime and one of my goals as Commissioner is to offer them greater protection and confidence.

“To do this, however, we need their insight and views on how we can do things even better. Working together will allow us to develop more effective solutions.”

If you would like to participate in the grant scheme, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 0300 122 6000 or pccoffice@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk 

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Posted on Tuesday 7th January 2014
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