Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today announced funding awards worth almost £800,000 for community partnership projects aimed at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour.
Commissioner Charles has set aside £1.2m for his Community Safety Fund in 2016/17 to invest in community-based projects which tackle crime and disorder, address the motivating factors of crime including drugs and alcohol misuse and safeguard vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime.
So far, he has allocated £772,251 to a host of local crime prevention partners whose work supports his Police and Crime Plan pledges and focuses on making Derbyshire a safer place to live.
The grants have been awarded to address three key themes: to improve the support provided to victims and witnesses of crime; to provide strong and effective partnership working with organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to improve use of resources and to keep people – particularly the most vulnerable members of society – safe from harm, antisocial behaviour and crime.
Derbyshire County Council has been allocated £196,000 for its Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) and £113,480 for youth crime and substance misuse prevention while Derby City Council has been awarded £58,771 for youth crime and substance misuse prevention and £170,000 for community safety/partnership funding.
Amber Valley Council Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Bolsover CSP, Chesterfield CSP, Derbyshire Dales CSP, Erewash CSP, High Peak CSP, North East Derbyshire CSP and South Derbyshire CSP have each received £25,000 while skills building and education charity Sporting Futures received £35,000 for its work.
Announcing the funding, Commissioner Charles said: “Identifying new and innovative ways to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour is vital for the future prosperity and safety of Derbyshire. We can remove much of the risk within our communities by delivering targeted practical help to solve people’s problems whether drug or alcohol dependency, unemployment or lack of opportunities.
“This problem-solving approach needs to be backed up financially and I’m delighted to be able to contribute significant investment to ensure these organisations continue to change lives and guide people towards a better future.”
The funding will be provided for a period of 12 months and service providers will be required to complete monitoring reports to demonstrate outcomes.
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Posted on Monday 22nd February 2016