Humberside Police Commissioner Considers £400,000 Crime Fund
4:32pm 23rd July 2013
Humberside police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove is considering ploughing up to £400,000 in 2013/14 into a soon to be established Community Safety Fund and looking at investing almost £200,000 a year going forward in local community safety and crime reduction initiatives. This will comprise of savings that he has identified in the past year from the budget he inherited for running his office from the former Police Authority and a one-off underspend in 2012/13 savings set aside for this purpose.
The idea behind the scheme is that individuals and community groups can apply for grants for projects that achieve Matthew’s goal of preventing crimes happening in the first place. These might include ideas such as CCTV cameras, security gates, smart water or, indeed, any innovation that helps prevent crime.
Matthew pledged to develop an initiative of this kind before he was elected and started work within a few days of taking up his post by putting his current office in Hull’s High Street up for sale with the intention of using the proceeds to create the fund. However, with the building still on the market, he has decided to press ahead with the fund by using the savings from his office budget topped up with one off savings.
Matthew has now asked his team to press on with developing the detail of the scheme so that a public launch can be made later this year. This work will ensure that the process for submitting bids is easy to follow by everyone, while also ensuring bids are assessed against clear criteria that ensure the best ideas for preventing crime receive funds.
Commenting on the fund Matthew said;
‘I have always thought that some of the best ideas for preventing crime comes from individuals and community groups and my experience as Commissioner tells me that the police and their partners certainly do not have a monopoly of good ideas. Communities cannot afford to wait until my office building is sold and I’ve therefore asked my team to press ahead with getting this fund off the ground now rather than waiting for my office to be sold. I’ve already identified savings of almost £200,000 compared with what the Police Authority was spending. I can think of no better way than to use this directly to prevent crime rather than being used to pay for administration and bureaucracy. As soon as my team come back with the details of how the scheme will work then I will make a public announcement through the media and my web site explaining what people and groups need to do to get money for their ideas. In the meantime I want to encourage people who believe they have a good idea to start developing them now’
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