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£150,000 fund to trailblaze new crime-fighting projects

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The A-Z of Consent, which features on Nottingham’s trams, is one of many trailblazing projects supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Trailblazers are being urged to think outside the box for ways to tackle crime after £150,000 was made available through the launch of a new Make Notts Safe Innovation Fund.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry is looking for organisations with brand new project ideas to apply, and help make a difference within the communities across the county.

The funding will enable innovators who are successful in their application to develop solutions to localised issues.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of how their proposal will help to address one or more of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s three priorities outlined in her Make Notts Safe Plan.

Commissioner Henry said: “This is a unique opportunity for some big ideas that could pioneer new ways to help meet my priorities to prevent and respond to crime and support victims.

“I’m looking to fund some truly inspirational and innovative projects that can strengthen Nottinghamshire’s reputation for trailblazing when it comes to how we make the county safer.

“This funding further outlines my passion for going above and beyond and making sure all of the different communities within the county are presented with the best opportunities possible.

“I would encourage any forward thinkers to get involved and help play their part in making a difference here in Nottinghamshire.”

The latest funding will help add to pioneering work already taking place throughout Nottinghamshire.

A world first in safety camera technology which was set up in Sutton-In-Ashfield in March 2022, is now being used throughout the country due to its success in keeping people safe.

The Refuge Point camera system was developed from scratch and combines CCTV with the ability to instantly speak to the control room in an emergency, after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner was successful in securing Home Office funding of £3 million for the Safer Streets campaign.

Earlier this year, Nottinghamshire Police became the first force in the country to develop and launch the Military Service Leavers’ Pathway into Policing. That was set up to harness the skills and values that servicepeople possess, which align strongly with core policing principles of duty, service and protecting the public.

Nottinghamshire is also home to the award-winning A-Z of Consent Campaign which is funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and has won national acclaim for its messaging around preventing violence against women and girls.

The Make Notts Safe Plan sets out three core priorities that Commissioner Henry aims to achieve, working with Nottinghamshire Police and other organisations which she commissions.

The priorities are:

  • Preventing – Investing in prevention and early intervention activities that deal with the causes rather than consequences of crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Responding – Ensuring that we are efficient and effective at responding to the needs of communities and have the right people, skills and resources to do so.
  • Supporting – Improving services for victims of crime, safeguarding vulnerable people and supporting communities to be safe and feel safe.

The Make Notts Safe Innovation Fund is open to expressions of interest from any UK-based organisation who would like to apply for funding to:

  • Research and develop a process, product, or service
  • Test your innovation idea
  • Collaborate with other organisations

The window for receipt of Expressions of Interest will run until Monday 7 August. Successful applicants will be able to spend their funding between 1 October 2023 and 31 March 2025.

To find out more, including relevant documents and dates of information workshops CLICK HERE.

Posted on Monday 12th June 2023
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