The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld and Chief Constable Francis Habgood have awarded voluntary and community organisations £100,700 from the Police Property Act Fund.
The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.
There were 116 applications to the current funding round with 32 organisations successful in receiving funding of between £1000 – £6,000 to support the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan strategic priorities of Vulnerability, Prevention and Early Intervention.
The successful projects receiving funding support a range of issues including mental health, youth crime prevention work, homelessness, and hidden harm, such as elder abuse, hate crime and peer on peer abuse. 10 of the successful projects cover the whole of the Thames Valley, 10 are focused in Berkshire and 6 in both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said “The voluntary sector play a valuable role across the Thames Valley and I am pleased to be able to provide funding from the Police Property Act Fund to support a range of projects working to prevent crime and support some of the most vulnerable groups within our communities. This is an excellent way of using this funding and I look forward to seeing the outcomes.”
Francis Habgood, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police said “I am delighted that we have been able to support voluntary groups across our three counties with additional funding. Using money seized from criminals and from the sale of items that cannot be returned to owners in this way can make a real difference to our communities. The projects will all help to support the most vulnerable people in society and to reduce the risk of future harm.”
For a full list of organisations awarded funding, please see Police Property Act Fund donations 2018-2019