Vulnerable people in Castleford supported thanks to money recovered from criminals (2 Oct 2018)

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) paid a visit to Castleford last week (29/09) to see how a local Neighbourhood Policing initiative is making a difference to vulnerable people's lives.

Two thousand four hundred and thirty pounds in grant funding was received through PCC Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund, made up of Proceeds of Crime monies.

The Team have been running a project called "Street Safe" which looks to give crime prevention packs and advice to support those in need, such as homeless people, vulnerable adults and the elderly.

The packs are tailor made for the individual but can contain a variety of resources, including defender wrist alarms, space blankets, high visibility bags, secret pockets and thermal clothing.

Mark visited the project last Friday (29/09), and said: "Neighbourhood Policing Teams exist to tackle crime and community safety issues at that really local level and it's telling that so much care and thought has gone in to this innovative project.

"Safeguarding vulnerable people is central to our work and it is so important that those most at risk receive support.

"The scheme also looks to build links with these harder to reach groups and encourages dialogue and trust with the police which can help to increase reports and prevent further harm.

"It was a pleasure to meet the team and thank them for their efforts in going the extra mile.

"The feedback has been really positive and I'm glad that money recovered from criminals will be put to such good use."

Inspector Martin Moizer from the Castleford NPT, said: "This is an excellent initiative which sees the ill-gotten gains being taken away from criminals and reinvested to help the more vulnerable members of our communities.

"The team were delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner along to see how the money he has invested through his fund is helping to make a real difference on the ground in the communities we serve.

"It is particularly pleasing to see that this is money that has been taken away from criminals and then put to good use.

"This approach is one of a number that local teams are using to help address issues that can cause concern in the communities we serve."

The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications on 29 October 2018. £150,000 will be available for organisations to bid in for a grant of up to £5000. More details will be made available on the PCC's website soon, www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.

PCC Visit NPT Castleford - PCSO Adam Jackson , PCC Mark Burns -Williamson And PCSO Matt Longdon

Pictured from left to right - PCSO Adam Jackson , PCC Mark Burns-Williamson and PCSO Matt Longdon

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