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Three quarters of a million pounds invested to tackle local crime and disorder where people live

Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (Monday 27th June 2022) announcing investment worth up to £730,000 to tackle crime and disorder (including anti-social behaviour) in towns, villages and cities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Each area within the county has a Community Safety Partnership made up of local partners to address local issues that the police cannot solve alone.

Following public consultation with local residents and businesses about what they wanted to see included in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan (published in November 2021), Darryl listened and responded by investing £730k into tackling local crime.

“Having met with local communities over the past year to understand the impact issues such as anti-social behaviour and speeding can have,” explains Darryl, “it was clear something more needed to be done to tackle local issues of crime and disorder.”

“Issues such as anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and speeding are often referred to as ‘low-level’, however we know they are anything but that that when it comes to the intimidation and inconvenience caused to people trying to go about their normal activities.

“People have a right to feel safe where they live and I am committed to making sure the issues they experience daily are resolved.

“This is where the county’s six CSPs come in and why I am making this significant investment.”

CSPs work with a wide range of other services across the public and voluntary sector, as well as community groups, to reduce local issues of crime and disorder.

Chair of Fenland CSP, Councillor Andrew Lynn added:

“I am pleased Darryl has chosen to fund the Community Safety Partnerships and recognises the key part they play in reducing the impacts of crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The funding will allow the partnership to successfully continue to deliver community engagement, project work and respond to crime and anti-social behaviour across the district of Fenland. Importantly for the partnership, the funding covers the period of Darryl being in post as Commissioner, which allows it to consider longer term responses linked to the priorities of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.”

The Fund, £730,000 over the next three years pays the salaries of Problem-Solving Coordinators in the CSPs who work with local people, police and partners to resolve issues. This investment is also accompanied by a Safer Communities Fund which provides grants of up to £5k for initiatives providing a swift response to issues such as anti-social behaviour, road safety, bike theft and fly tipping.

To contact your local CSP visit:

Fenland CSP

Safer Peterborough Partnership

Huntingdonshire Community Safety Partnership

East Cambridgeshire CSP

Cambridge CSP

South Cambridgeshire CSP