Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced he is making a further £250,000 available for Crime Prevention purposes.
The Commissioner, who launched his Crime Prevention Fund last year, has decided to sustain this successful initiative in 2018-19.
The Fund provides local organisations with a financial lifeline in their work to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
Grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s priorities which include tackling hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), sports-based initiatives and projects, drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.
Grants will be allocated in a two-tiered system of up to £9,999 and £10,000-£25,000.
Funding grants for projects of £10,000 and above will only be awarded for exceptional projects.
Willy Bach said: “Grants from my Crime Prevention Fund are available to groups or organisations which help to prevent crime with positive and proactive activities and projects working to keep people safe.
“Too often really good ideas don’t get the traction they deserve through lack of funding.
“Last year we helped numerous really worthwhile projects and I’m hopeful that we will receive the same calibre of applications this time.
“Many groups have already achieved a lot thanks to this fund. It has proved its worth time and again. I hope that 2018-19 is just as successful.
“My advice to groups, especially those with new ideas and projects who might be hesitant about applying, is to come forward and put in an application. We certainly can’t help if we don’t know that you need support.”
Grants are available for new initiatives, existing successful projects where funding is tight or to enable existing projects to develop further. Applicants will be asked to consider the aims of the Police and Crime Plan when submitting a bid.
The funding is available throughout the year with no deadline for applications.
Each application will be reviewed and evaluated personally by the Commissioner.
Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today hailed the success of grassroots community work which is transforming the lives of vulnerable people and those at risk of committing crime.
Since March, the PCC has invested more than £130,000 from his Prevention Fund into local projects which help victims recover from their experiences, address societal problems and rehabilitate offenders – with some £120,000 of the fund still available.
The PCC has promised to plough £250,000 into community work in 2017-18 which helps keep Leicestershire safe and delivers lasting positive changes on vulnerable people.
So far, grants have been invested in a wide range of areas and include those that support families affected by substance misuse, projects which provide “drop in” centres for vulnerable people and others that support domestic violence survivors to prevent re-exploitation.
A major part of this community work has also focused on tackling hate crime with projects aimed at encouraging victims to report crime, services to deliver advice and schools-based help intervention for asylum seekers and refugees.
This month, the PCC visited project leaders behind the Drop the Knife and Live Your Life initiative.
The project, being delivered by Beaumont Leys training provider E2, was recently awarded £12,500 from the Fund for 2017-18 followed by £12,499.80 in 2018-19 to deliver youth consultation and research, analysis and educational intervention to tackle knife crime among young people in Leicestershire.
With cash still available, organisations which require funding to support their crime prevention work are being reminded to apply as soon as possible.
Willy Bach said:
“Our partners on the ground are really making a difference to people’s lives, supporting them through trauma, hardship and life’s problems to close the door on a life of crime or victimisation.
“Helping people tackle their problems is the most effective way of reducing crime and harm from our streets in the long-term and reinforces everything the police do to protect people.
“We need to think outside the box to have a meaningful impact on public safety and I really like that this fund champions innovation and enables new approaches to get off the ground.
“There are so many ways of approaching a problem because there never is one single cause and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners in the community who give us the breadth of expertise and resources to solve them, individually, and get people back on the right road to recovery.”
The Prevention Fund is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan as well as confront pressing community issues.
Among those celebrating in the first round of the grants scheme was Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre which received £9,945 for its LGBT and Hate Crime Ambassador project.
The initiative will address the issue of under-reporting of LGBT and hate incidents through the recruitment of volunteer ambassadors.
Another recipient included the Shama Women’s Centre for its ESCAPE project which empowers and supports women and girls from the BME community in their recovery from domestic violence, hate crime and mental health issues.
Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.
Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.
Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.
The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.
Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.
The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.
Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:
“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.
“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”
Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.
It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.
Thursday October 31, 2013 marked the launch of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sir Clive Loader’s revised Police and Crime Plan for the period 2013 to 2017.
The Plan has been shaped by the views of the public. The front cover carries the strap-line “Putting you at the heart of policing, your voice in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Known as ‘The Plan’ by rank and file officers within Leicestershire Police, the 44-page document sets out Sir Clive’s expectations for local police and partners to achieve positive outcomes in 18 areas.
A reduction of 10 to 17-year-old young people entering the criminal justice system for the first time and a 5% reduction in total crime by March 2014.
Sir Clive said:
“The Plan lays out my vision for the future of policing, based on the views of the public and my findings during my first year in office.
This revised plan sets out how policing will be made more effective, more efficient, and better suited to meeting the needs of all.”
The previous plan’s six themes have become four.
The themes to Supporting victims and witnesses and to Protecting the vulnerable now incorporate the previous plan’s Reducing crime and Mental health themes respectively.
These changes reflect how the previous plan’s outcomes relating to the Reducing crime and Mental health themes have become integrated into everyday policing business.
The revised themes of the plan are:
• Reducing offending and re-offending;
• Supporting victims and witnesses;
• Making communities and neighbourhoods safer; and
• Protecting the vulnerable.
The targets within the Police and Crime Plan are set by Sir Clive Loader, who in turn holds the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police to account for their delivery.
Sir Clive added:
“I fully recognise that the police in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland do a very good job of keeping our communities safe. However, it is important not to become complacent. In this plan, I have set clear priorities for the Chief Constable according to your expectations and demands.
“My plan is by no means final. There will be further revisions as the landscape changes in funding, crime patterns, and national policing obligations.”
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire has made the Police and Crime Plan available to the public on its website in original full text, executive summary, and Easy Read versions. The webpage also displays a video introduction [visit http://youtu.be/w3yfn_Qnt_Q] to the Plan complete with British Sign Language interpretation by Action Deafness. The video is also available to view here on Enderby EYE
“During the election, I said I would be a PCC for all. I stand true to that statement. I will listen, decide, and then act in an open and even-handed manner. I welcome your contributions, many of which have already informed the content of this document.”
For more information about PCC Sir Clive Loader and the OPCC, or to become involved in shaping the vision for policing in your area, please visit the OPCC Website www.leics.pcc.police.uk
If you have any information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area please contact your local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.