Deputy Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and Rachael Grime
Community projects across Derbyshire that help to reduce crime or anti-social behaviour are benefiting from a cheque for £10,217 which was formally presented by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa on Friday (22 August).
The cheque, which comes from Commissioner Alan Charles’ Police Property Fund, was handed over by Mr Dhindsa to Rachael Grime, Chief Executive of Foundation Derbyshire. This money is invested by the Foundation and the interest earned used for small grants to projects that keep youngsters engaged in new skills and out of trouble.
Mr Dhindsa explained: “The Commissioner’s Fund with Foundation Derbyshire has provided grants ranging from £250 to £500 to community projects, supporting them in the highly valuable activities that they run for young people.“Much of this funding arises from the proceeds of crime, so it is particularly apt that the money should be used to help keep our communities safe.”
Rachael Grime added: “Foundation Derbyshire is delighted that the Police & Crime Commissioner has once again chosen to support us in this way. This donation will help us to fund even more groups and projects that our keeping our communities safe and our young people engaged.”
The grants have helped to finance a wide range of activities ranging from the Ripley Music Festival’s showcasing of schoolchildren’s talents and The SNAP Development Project’s sports and physical activities sessions to the Ironville and Codnor Park School’s provision of after school health and fitness sessions. Mr Dhindsa, in his position as Deputy Commissioner, is a member of the Grant Awards Panel for the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund and he will review applications for funding with fellow panel members Mr David Coleman and Mr Roger Flint, both formerly of Derbyshire Constabulary.
Monies in the Police Property Fund are used to make payments to charitable causes as agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner. This is money received from the sale of property which has been recovered by the Constabulary, is not subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act and when the rightful owner cannot be traced.
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Posted on Friday 22nd August 2014