14th Dec, 2018

Victims first as Police and Crime Commissioner announces grants

Correspondent 21st Jun, 2018

PROJECTS tackling domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual offences and programmes providing positive activities for young people are among the initiatives being given a £2.3 million boost by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe.

Awarding his annual Commissioner’s Grants Scheme for 2018-19, Mr Seccombe said that he was delighted to be able to support a wide range of projects which help to ensure that victims are supported, crime can be reduced and perpetrators are discouraged from repeat offending.

In addition, funding has also been confirmed for project workers delivering the Rural Watch, Business Watch and Cyber Safe schemes, alongside awards for the county’s Community Safety Partnerships to deliver local partnership initiatives tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

“All of the grants awarded have been chosen because they are key to help deliver a safer, more secure Warwickshire,” said Mr Seccombe.

“Often these are projects which help to tackle some of the underlying issues that can lead to crime, such as alcohol addiction, substance misuse or mental health problems.

“Equally, I have been very keen to ensure the needs of victims have the right level of help and support available to help them cope and recover from the impact of crime and this is reflected in the other awards I am making this year.”

The largest single award is to Victim Support (£461,134) to continue provision of support services for victims of crime in the county, while other large awards include £166,326 to Barnardo’s to fund the team tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Warwickshire; £150,000 for a programme to address drug and alcohol misuse among offenders; and £125,000 towards the co-commissioned county-wide Refuge domestic abuse support service.

At the other end of the scale, smaller awards include £300 to Warwickshire’s Youth Parliament to help fund an LGBT hate crime campaign; £1,000 for Warwickshire Horse Watch.

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