Newsletter September 2016

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Latest Safer Communities Fund grant opens and targets crime prevention

The Safer Communities Fund has opened for applications with £140,000 available for good causes.The latest grant round has a crime prevention theme and projects are invited to apply that; put crime prevention at the forefront of efforts to reduce the opportunity for crime for example acquisitive crime (such as burglary and car crime), violent crime, business crime and anti-social behaviour; provide security solutions for community projects, properties or community enterprises; provide crime prevention support to communities and organisations such as schools/colleges, businesses and the third sector; early intervention projects helping to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

The closing date for applications to the latest grant round is 5pm on Friday 23 September  

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Body worn cameras increase safety 'focus'

West Yorkshire Police's technological transformation is taking another step forward. The service has agreed a contract that sees officers and staff across the county wearing the latest state of the art body worn video cameras during their duties. Following a recent pilot phase in the Bradford District, a phased roll out of the devices will now begin. I have invested £2 million pounds from a 'Transformation Fund' to support the project. I promised to put victims of crime, in particular the most vulnerable first, and the use of body worn cameras provides increased support to victims and witnesses and reduces the number required to attend Court. Their use also means increased benefits for police accountability and transparency which will help resolve complaints and increase confidence in the police all round.

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Youth Advisory Group visit West Yorkshire Police's training facility

Members of my Youth Advisory Group (YAG) have seen first-hand how our police officers gain the skills they need to keep our communities safe on a visit to the police training facility at Carr Gate. The YAG is made up of over 60 voluntary members aged between 13 and 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet up regularly to discuss policing and community safety from a young person's point of view. The advisory group is currently recruiting. We would like motivated community focused young people to apply who are interested in representing their peers and expressing their views on policing, crime and community safety.

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Funding Third Sector Networks

I have provided grants to enable the creation of Third Sector Networks in each district in West Yorkshire (the Third Sector is a collective term covering voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations). A successful network has been operating in Leeds for a number of years and I have now provided funding to support organisations in each district to develop existing or create new networks for the first time. The networks are being given grants of £4970 per year for an initial two year initiative which will increase partnership working and make West Yorkshire safer.

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