The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have 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, including seizures from criminals.
Last year £92,950 was distributed to 28 different organisations in addressing Police and Crime Plan priorities and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £100,000 in this grant round.
Who can apply?
Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can contribute towards two of the PCC’s strategic objectives in his Police and Crime Plan priorities, which are:
- Reducing re-offending
- Serious organised crime and terrorism
Some examples of projects that may be considered include those that aim to reduce exploitation of young people through gang membership, reduce or prevent violent crime, rehabilitate offenders or prevent exploitation by organised criminals.
However, all applications will be required to submit clear evidence of how their project or activity already contributes towards achieving the key aim indicated.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said:
“I am pleased to be launching another round of the Police Property Act Fund. Every year, I am delighted to see the good work that is being carried out by the voluntary and community sector and the difference they make.
“Working in partnership with both statutory and voluntary organisations is crucial when addressing issues such as re-offending and serious organised crime. I am confident that there are voluntary organisations working within the community that can make a valuable contribution in tackling these issues at a local level and I look forward to seeing the applications”.
Chief Constable Francis Habgood, said:
“Our officers are working hard to investigate crimes, bring offenders to justice and support the victims of crime.
“An important part of the work of Thames Valley Police is also to seize assets from those who seek to make a living from crime.
“It is extremely pleasing to see that by seizing assets the Police and Crime Commissioner is able to support local voluntary and community groups, to assist in reducing re-offending and the impact of serious and organised crime.
“I look forward to seeing the good work that will be carried out as a result of this latest round of the fund.”
The closing date for this round of applications is 12 pm on Monday 17 July 2018 and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable.
A further funding round will be opened later in the year focusing on the Police and Crime Plan priorities of vulnerability, and prevention and early intervention.