Police Property Act Fund opens to reduce offending and prevent cybercrime

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have today opened a new grant round 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.

There were two rounds of applications in 2015/16 with a total of £239,995 awarded.  In June 2015, the PCC and Chief Constable jointly awarded grants amounting to £158,105 to 34 separate organisations supporting the PCCs objective of Protecting Vulnerable People in order to reduce or help detect crime.  In February 2016, £81,890 was awarded to 20 separate organisations to fund activities to support the PCC’s objective of Reducing Reoffending in order to Reduce Crime.

This is the first round of applications for 2016/17 and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £125,000.

Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can demonstrate that they help to reduce crime and/or police workload, with a particular emphasis on the PCC’s objectives of reducing re-offending and the prevention of cybercrime.

Projects that may be considered include drugs and alcohol services for young people or the education of vulnerable people, e.g. young people and the elderly around the risks and dangers of the internet. However, all applications will be required to submit clear evidence of how their project or activity already contributes towards reducing offending and/or preventing cybercrime, including evidencing existing links with policing or the Office of the PCC.

The closing date for this round of applications is 9am on 22nd September 2016 and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (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 community and voluntary groups that support the police.  These organisations play an important role in helping to reduce crime and police workload.  

“This year I am also seeking applications from groups doing invaluable work in the prevention of cybercrime as well as those working to reduce offending amongst young people, both of which have a big impact on communities.     

“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 committed to working together to make our communities safer. This source of funding is an excellent way to offer support to community and voluntary groups working with us across Thames Valley.

We know that many cases of cybercime can be prevented so I will be particularly keen to receive bids that will help get those messages across. Reducing offending by young people is also a key priority in this bidding round and I am sure that there are many organisations working in this area who could increase their impact with additional support.”

For more information on the application criteria and to apply visit https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/police-property-act-fund/

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