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Devon and Cornwall Police set to receive £500k in Safer Streets Fund

Devon and Cornwall Police set to receive £500k in Safer Streets Fund

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:40am 29th July 2020.

Devon and Cornwall Police are set to receive over £500,000 as part of a Safer Streets Fund.

Three police forces across the south west are set to benefit from the £25m government cash pot.

It aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.

The government money will be aimed at improving security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.

These offences are the crimes the public are most likely to encounter and are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year.

The new funding will go towards measures proven to cut crime. These include simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV.

The funding will also be used to train community wardens, deliver local crime prevention advice to residents and establish Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

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Police and Crime Commissioners were invited to bid for a share of the £25million Safer Streets Fund in January, with each project eligible for a grant of up to £550,000.

Bids were evaluated against a set criteria and bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.

This additional funding comes alongside the government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, and the £1.1billion funding boost for the policing system for 2020-21.

“I will not stand by while criminals inflict fear and misery on our communities.

“That is why I set up this fund to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent people falling victim to these crimes.”

Home Secretary, Priti Patel

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