Grant fund launches to protect vulnerable people

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have today (17/04) announced the launch of the Police Property Act Fund.

The Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.

This year the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £250,000 spread over two separate bidding rounds which will each focus on one policing priority.

Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who contribute towards the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan objective of ‘Protecting Vulnerable People’.

The second bidding round later this year will be focussed on reducing reoffending

The closing date for this round of applications is 12:00 noon Friday 8th May 2015 and applications will be considered jointly by the PCC and the Chief Constable.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of funding to those smaller community and voluntary groups that support the police in reducing crime by protecting vulnerable people.

“Protecting Vulnerable People is one of my main objectives in my Police and Crime Plan and I am particularly interested in bids from organisations that help prevent exploitation, female genital mutilation and other forms of abuse, as well as those who help to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our communities, including people with mental health difficulties.

“There are many organisations in the Thames Valley whose work helps to make a positive impact on community safety in the area and this fund is a way of recognising their valuable contribution.”

Chief Constable, Francis Habgood said: ““I am delighted to be announcing the launch of the Police Property Act Fund.

“This money will make a great difference to voluntary and community groups who work tirelessly with limited resources to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our region and provide invaluable support to policing services. I look forward to receiving their applications”

For more information on the application criteria and to apply visit http://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/Partnership/Police-Property-Act-Fund.aspx

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