Cambridgeshire Police Force awarded almost half a million pounds to make the streets safer
Cambridgeshire Police has received £417,000 to help make the county's streets safer for all but particularly for women and girls.
The cash comes following a successful bid to the Safer Streets Fund and will be used for local projects aimed at increasing the safety of public spaces.
Whilst the aim is to make them safer for all there will particular emphasis on making them safer for women and girls, as crimes which take place in public places such as sexual harassment, disproportionately affect women.
The force has created a selection of innovative plans to increase the safety of public spaces, including projects which emphasise changing attitudes and behaviours in local communities.
These plans will culminate in associated interventions to make people feel safer walking alone and encourage behaviours to reduce danger, and perceived danger, on the streets of Cambridgeshire.
Superintendent Kate Anderson, who submitted the bid on behalf of the force, said: “Everyone has the right to walk down the street and feel safe, without fear of harassment or violence.
“I am pleased that as a partnership we have been able to secure this funding to prevent crime, and to identify and hold to account those people who ignore the law.”
Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “I am so pleased with the announcement that Cambridgeshire is set to receive additional funding to tackle violence on our streets, in particular against women and girls.
“The money will be used to implement several strategies, all with the main aim of making our communities a safer place to be for all. The initiatives are designed to have a long-lasting effect on preventing crime and improving the lives of our residents.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, added: “I very much welcome this funding to tackle violence against women and girls. This is a key priority for government and it is a key priority for me.
“Some of this money will be used to tackle predators so we can stop and prevent these abhorrent crimes and keep women and girls safe.
“This is great news for our county and brings the total amount of funding from the three rounds of the government’s Safer Streets fund to just under £1.5 million.”