L-R: Sgt Carl Holland (with an example of a siezed bike), Paddy Tipping & Sgt Simon Whitehouse
Community groups across Nottinghamshire are being invited to bid for a share of £250,000 to help cut crime and keep people at risk of offending on the right path.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today announced details of his Community Safety Fund for 2018/19 which will be invested into grassroots projects that help people stay safe and recover from their problems.
The Commissioner was joined by Sgt Carl Holland and Sgt Simon Whitehouse for today’s funding launch, which took place at an area known for its problems with nuisance bikes near Annesley Forest.
Sgt Holland heads up Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Incalculability to address problems with illegal off-roading in parts of the county which have sparked a number of complaints about antisocial behaviour. Sgt Whitehouse is a member of the District Enforcement Team.
The PCC has vowed to prioritise the issue over the next 12 months alongside other crime and disorder problems which cause misery on Nottinghamshire communities and he is calling on local groups to help.
The Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund is open to voluntary, charitable and third sector organisations whose goal is to make life better and safer for their community – including diversionary schemes which channel young people’s energy into positive work.
Launching this year’s fund, Paddy Tipping said: “We want to address some of the persistent issues which blight the lives of ordinary people. One of those is illegal off-road biking and we are working very closely with the force to support the enforcement work put in place to tackle this problem.
“My Community Safety Fund is available to groups or organisations which want to help the police prevent crime with positive and proactive activities that create a real sense of wellbeing for their community and engage people in productive work.
“We have already achieved a lot through this Fund and I’m pleased that I can support some really worthwhile projects in 2018/19 with some much-needed funding.”
The Commissioner has outlined several key themes for this year’s Community Safety Fund in line with the refreshed Police and Crime Plan. Projects must contribute directly to a reduction in offending, antisocial behaviour, victimisation or reduce demand for the police.
Grants of up to £25k are available to organisations which support the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan and can demonstrate success in their work.
The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 19 January 2018 and funding will be allocated for the financial year 2018-2019.
More information and grant application forms are available online at www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk.
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Posted on Thursday 23rd November 2017