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Safer Streets Funding comes to Cleveland

Posted: 06/08/20

Great news for the area and Cleveland Fire Support Network

Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse said:

We are determined to cut crime and make our streets safer. That’s why we are backing the police with more resources and recruiting 20,000 new officers.

This fund will help prevent people falling victim to crimes which can have a real impact on a community, like burglaries or theft.

Association of Police and Crime Commissioners lead for prevention, Roger Hirst said:

I welcome the launch of this fund which will help to tackle acquisitive crime by investing in a more preventative approach.

Preventing crime in the first place is better for the public and reduces demand on policing. We want to ensure that this funding is used to drive down crime in the most effective way, including through targeting key local hotspots.

Police and crime commissioners, in formulating bids, will work closely with local partners to identify those measures that are most likely to make our communities safer.

PCCs can use the fund to improve neighbourhoods by increasing street lighting, installing better locks and gating alleyways.

They can also invest the money in other types of crime prevention, such as training community wardens, and delivering local crime prevention advice to residents or Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

PCCs will be expected to make use of local police force data and to use toolkits provided by the College of Policing, in partnership with other experts, to understand where the funding can have the biggest impact and what interventions will work best in a local area.

Successful areas will receive grants of up to £550,000.

As they are rolled out, each initiative will be assessed to help inform future government investments.