The Police and Crime Commissioner receives a single pot of funding through the main police grant for policing and community safety purposes. From this fund the Commissioner allocates an amount from which to fund crime and disorder reduction awards.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 states that a Police and Crime Commissioner can provide crime and disorder reduction grants:
to any person
for securing, or contributing to securing, crime and disorder reduction; and
can make grants subject to any conditions.
In Cambridgeshire awards are made for statutory partnership arrangements, work that is proven to prevent or reduce crime and disorder (and is the police’s statutory responsibility) and initiatives which enable delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and/or reduce police demand.
You can find more about the prevention work in the Putting Communities First pillar of the Police and Crime Plan.
The Serious Violence Duty, launched in January 2023, is a new legal requirement for authorities such as the police, justice partners, the fire service, the local authority and health, to work together to prevent and reduce serious violence in our communities.
The Duty requires organisations to collaborate, share information and develop solutions for how to address serious violence locally. By taking a multi-agency approach, it enables agencies to target interventions according to what is needed in local areas.
Although the Police and Crime Commissioner is not a Duty Holder, he acts as the local convener for the Duty and is responsible for monitoring progress. He also holds partners to account for their compliance and delivery.
As part of the Serious Violence Duty, the Commissioner is committed to engaging with young people to better understand their concerns about the communities they live in.
Through commissioning of a 'Serious Violence Youth Listening Project', more than 1,700 young people (aged 11 to 18) across the county were asked how safe they feel in their local areas and how this can be improved. Insights from this project will inform future work in this area.