£1m boost to cut crime and build safer communities in Cambridgeshire
People working in the ‘night economy’ are to receive safety training as part of £1m government-funded projects in the county.
Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston has secured £1m from the Home Office to fund a raft of improvement projects to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
Safety training for day/night-time economy workers and taxi drivers to identify predatory behaviour, specialist posts to root out nuisance behaviour, state-of-the-art CCTV and free home security upgrades are just some of the interventions planned thanks to a successful bid to the Safer Streets 5 Fund.
The Commissioner drafted the successful proposal with local authority partners after consulting with other agencies across the county.
The money which has been allocated from a national pot worth over £42m will be invested in a host of projects benefitting places that include Wisbech over an 18-month period starting in October 2023.
Darryl said: “This is fantastic news for our communities. It means we can do so much more to tackle neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls (VAWG) and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
“Crime Prevention is a key pillar in my Police and Crime Plan. Working with the Constabulary and partners, we are making important progress to create safer public spaces for everyone to enjoy, robustly tackling violence against women and girls and building more resilient communities.”
“I know how distressing these crimes can be and the emotional toil they bring on their victims.”
The Commissioner, working with local authority partners, submitted a successful proposal to the Safer Streets 5 Fund and has been allocated £1m to maximise public safety and reduce the risk of crime.
In Peterborough, the funding will provide a package of proven interventions to prevent burglary and reduce repeat victimisation while in Cambridge, it will expand work to protect women and girls from violence. In St Neots, Huntingdon and Wisbech, the interventions will focus on preventing and curbing ASB.
Superintendent Adam Gallop (South Area Commander) added: “This is great news for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and builds on much of the work delivered through previous safer streets initiatives. The funding means we can do so much more to keep our communities safe.”