Keeping Lancashire’s streets safe
A total of £25,000 was allocated to support the work of street pastors, street angels and similar organisations.
Preston & South Ribble Street Pastors received £10,000, Blackpool & Fylde Street Angels £7,000, Chorley Street Pastors £5,000 and Lancaster Street Pastors £3,000.
The members of these groups are trained volunteers who usually patrol the streets of their community on a Friday and Saturday night, supporting the homeless and other vulnerable people whilst also offering assistance to night-time revellers and preventing violent incidents getting out of control.
Funding is being used by the groups to help them train and equip new volunteers, upskill current volunteers and for resources such as drinks and food to give out to vulnerable people.
Mr Grunshaw said:
“I’m proud to again support the work that these organisations do across the county to keep our streets safe.
“These groups support vulnerable people, one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, whilst also providing a rewarding opportunity for those who want to volunteer in their community. I am really pleased to continue supporting these organisations who make Lancashire a safer place, dealing with incidents before they escalate and require police or paramedics.
“They also provide excellent value for money, reducing the need for frontline services to intervene and reduce some of the strain that our emergency services face, something that is extremely important at a time of increasing pressures being felt by officers and across the public sector.”