Commissioner’s Crime Fund continues to make a big impact (30 Jan 2015)

More than £700,000 has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund.
Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is fed into this single community pot exclusively for local community safety initiatives.
Successful groups and projects have now been awarded thousands of pounds to support various initiatives.
During the fourth round of the Fund, 237 applications totalling £1.3million were received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: "Once again I am delighted to be able to help a number of worthy causes and organisations applying for money from the Safer Communities Fund to help our communities feel safer in making an impact locally.

"This money will allow them to help provide an invaluable service to our local communities as funding cuts continue to impact on charities and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire.
"This is the fourth round of my Safer Communities Fund awards that, helping those in need make their communities safer and a further total of £142,253 has now gone to these projects across West Yorkshire. The sheer volume of applicants demonstrates just how crucial and popular this fund is.

"Each of the groups that were successful received 70 percent of the money applied for, and applications which met criteria in my Police and Crime Plan were received from a wide variety of groups and organisations in all parts of West Yorkshire.

"This significant level of demand really highlights the need to retain all Proceeds of Crime in the county and I will continue to making the case to Government for this to happen, rather than just 50% of POCA monies currently.
"The fund will be taking a very short break before the fifth round as we want to review, evaluate and map the projects and money already spent and we are doing this over the next couple of months. 

"Round 5 (which will be the first of three grant rounds in 2015) will open in early spring - so please check our website for details at"

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable John Robins said: ''West Yorkshire Police continue to work hard to target those who make money from criminality.  I am delighted to see cash and assets seized from criminals being reinvested for the benefit of our local communities.

''This redistribution of money, generated from criminality, illustrates our joint commitment to make our communities safer places to live and work.

''We are always keen to hear from anyone who believes someone in their community is living beyond their means. Information from the public continues to play a key part in identifying those involved in criminality and I would ask anyone with suspicions to speak to their local neighbourhood policing team via: 101 or report it, anonymously and in confidence, to Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.''

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