Twelve schemes have been funded through the community-focused strand of the SLNF in this round, including diversionary activity, CCTV, and support for vulnerable people.
Also in this most recent announcement, £50k has been invested into the road policing unit’s fleet to allow additional capacity for tackling dangerous drivers.
Finally, almost £15k was given to Fylde Borough Council for additional council patrols supporting the county-wide crackdown on anti-social behaviour, through Op Centurion.
This means that the total amount of cash seized from criminals that has been invested back into the fight against crime in Lancashire has bypassed £1m, hitting just over £1.2m
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund continues to support a huge range of initiatives aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in local communities, with over fifty projects funded through the community strand alone.
Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:
“I’m really pleased to invest more money across all three of the Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund strands, for schemes that all have the common aim of delivering my Fighting Crime Plan and protecting the public.
“This milestone shows that by providing grants to organisations that understand the issues in their communities, we can make a big difference across the county. The poetic justice that we can do this by using cash taken out of the pockets of criminals makes it even more satisfying to see the positive results of reducing crime in Lancashire.
“By making areas more resilient and deterring crime, addressing root causes and supporting enforcement we are helping ensure less people become victims, and less people fall into a life of crime, which all makes Lancashire a safer place for everyone.
“I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure that we are delivering on the priorities that the public tell me they want to see, punishing those who make life a misery for others and keeping Lancashire safe.”
Accrington Christians Together – Accrington Street Angels – £8,250
Street Angels project supporting vulnerable people in Accrington particularly in the night time economy, dealing with minor incidents, preventing escalation and offering support – to ensure no harm comes to vulnerable people.
Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service – Health and Wellbeing for Children and Families – £10,000
Project working with young people focussing on diversionary activity to reduce anti-social behaviour and reduce the risk of exploitation of vulnerable young people.
Colne Youth Action Group – CYAG Holiday Club Extension – £10,000
Offering more weeks and sessions meeting demand for the Youth Action Group sessions and additional resources, helping combat ASB concerns in Colne.
Nature Warriors Nelson – New Centre Support – £9,850
Diversionary activity and workshops working with young people focusing on martial arts sessions and sessions around confidence and public speaking and employability skills
Bacup Family Centre – Community Youth Project – £10,000
Supporting the further development of a child & youth hub ‘the station’ used by young people within Bacup, to tackle and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership – CCTV network – tackling ASB, rural crime and dangerous driving – £8,000
CCTV covering arterial routes in rural areas to deter and detect crime in rural communities.
Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors – Preston Street Pastors – £10,000
Support for uniformed volunteers engaging with vulnerable people, particularly in the night time economy, to keep them safe and reduce crime.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust – Football in the Community – £9,600
Football and other activity sessions within the Digmoor and central area of Skelmersdale for 8-16 year olds, acting as a diversionary activity and opportunity to signpost, in order to continue to reduce anti-social behavior.
Blackpool FC Community Trust – Tower Above – £10,000
One-to-one mentoring programme working with young people deemed at risk of and/or involved in anti-social behaviour/crime.
Kirkham Town Council – Playground and Ginnel CCTV – £10,000
Installation of CCTV system to deter and detect any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity.
Slyne with Hest Parish Council – Respect our Recreation Field – £4,440
Installation of CCTV around the site to deter and detect any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity.
The Boathouse Youth, Blackpool – £10,000
Installation of CCTV to deter ASB in Blackpool and help identify any perpetrators.
TOTAL – £110,140
Police Innovation Fund:
Enforcement scene units – £50,000 – Investment into two refitting two special operations vehicles for use by the roads policing unit, growing operational capacity to target dangerous drivers and vehicles
Fighting Crime Grants:
Fylde Borough Council – £14,976 – support for additional council patrols that will support the Op Centurion Patrol Plan by enforcing civil powers to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Total – £175k