PCC’s Recovered Proceeds of Crime Community Fund Tops more than £2m (13 Dec 2017)

20171214-_WYP3939Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will return a further £152,363.06 to community projects at the latest awards night for his Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and this latest round brings the total amount of money returned to West Yorkshire communities to more than £2m since 2014!

33 projects were successful in the latest round which invited groups to apply for funding who were looking to address one or more of the following priorities within the Police and Crime Plan, including supporting those with drugs and alcohol dependencies, early intervention and diversionary activities for young people and community outreach services for vulnerable groups.

The successful groups and projects will attend an awards evening at Bradford District PRU, Anerley St, Bradford, tomorrow night (THUR 14) to collect their grants of up to £5000.

Some examples of funded projects include Behind Closed Doors, tackling domestic abuse in Leeds, Cloverleaf Advocacy, supporting those with learning disabilities in Kirklees, Bradford LGBT Strategic Partnership, tackling hate crime in Bradford, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, for a Youth Intervention project across West Yorkshire and Unseen, a charity raising awareness around modern slavery across the region.

The Safer Communities Fund was launched in 2014 and including the latest round has now given out £2,060,804.31 to over 463 community projects across West Yorkshire

Mark said: "The Safer Communities Fund is now going into its fourth year and it is a real delight every single time to be able to help such worthy causes, who may be feeling the impact of wider cuts to their budgets.

"This Fund makes a real difference to those communities affected by crime and I want to once again thank all the projects involved who have benefited from grants for all the incredible work they do at grassroots level, and to West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in taking this ill gotten money away from criminals, once again reminding them that crime doesn't pay in West Yorkshire."

Dee Collins, West Yorkshire's Chief Constable said: "We are determined to continue our activity to remove those involved in profiting from criminality from our communities and to working with our criminal justice partners to secure their assets. It is absolutely right that this money should be reinvested and the fund continues to support some fantastic projects."

The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications on 8th January 2018, and closes on the 9th February 2018. To find out more about the fund visit the PCC's website /safer-communities-fund.aspx.

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