PCC’s recovered Proceeds of Crime going to more good causes across West Yorkshire (19 April 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will return a further £166,002.16 to 39 community projects at the latest awards night for his Safer Communities Fund tomorrow (THUR) in Leeds.

This latest round of the Safer Communities Fund, financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, brings the total amount of money returned to West Yorkshire communities to more than £2.2m since 2014 with 510 projects benefiting.

Projects successful in the latest round included those tackling knife crime such as Global Diversity Positive Action in Kirklees, Leeds Street Team, a West Yorkshire Police Knife Crime Prevention Programme and StreetDoctors; an organisation of trainee medics equipping young people with lifesaving skills if someone close to them was to be stabbed or lost consciousness.

The next round of the Fund opens on May 14 with £200,000 for projects that specifically tackle all forms of serious violent crime, including those focusing on prevention and early intervention, supporting diversion away from crime, protection and education and support for victims of serious violence.

Mr Burns-Williamson added: "Now in its fourth year the Safer Communities Fund continues to provide monies for vital community based projects, I am delighted to support them and importantly see the very real impact they have in their communities and to lives of those they support.

"This Fund makes a real difference and I want to once again thank all the projects and those involved who have benefited from grants for the incredible work they do.

"I also want to thank 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."

The successful groups and projects, whose initiatives had to address priorities within the Police and Crime Plan, will attend an awards evening at Swallow Hill Community Academy, Whingate Road, Leeds at 7pm on Thursday night to receive their cheques. (19 APR)

Other successful projects include Halifax Street Angels, Wakefield District City of Sanctuary, 611 Asylum Support Work and ESCAYP (Emotional Support for Children and Young People), to name but a few.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "The Regional Asset Recovery Team work hard to pursue criminals through the courts and recover as much as possible. The £2m plus recovered since 2014 has been put into a variety of really deserving projects across West Yorkshire and we are determined to keep up the pressure on those who profit from crime."

The latest fund closes on June 15 at noon. To find out more about the fund visit the PCC's website /safer-communities-fund.aspx.

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