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Skatepark funding ramped up thanks to cash seized from criminals

Published: 21-09-2022

Youngsters battling to preserve a popular skatepark for future generations are celebrating a funding commitment from Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. St Neots Skatepark in Riverside, Cambridge, which has entertained professional and amateur riders since 1989, will receive £3,500 from the Commissioner’s Youth Fund towards a major refurbishment project called Revamp the Ramp. The […]

My condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Published: 08-09-2022

Today is a very sad day and one that touches us all in different ways. I would like join people across the country, and indeed the world, in expressing my deepest condolences to the royal family during this difficult time. For 70 years’, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has devoted her life to us with […]

Donkey Common Park closer to redesign thanks to support from Police Commissioner

Published: 02-09-2022

YOUNG people in Cambridge who have been campaigning for their outdoor facilities to be refurbished are closer to their goal thanks to a £3,500 award from Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. The Commissioner made the award to ‘Cam Skate’ from his Youth Fund which was set up to help young people make positive choices […]

Commissioner publishes Annual Report against backdrop of reduced crime

Published: 01-09-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (1st September) publishing his first Annual Report for the period April 2021 to March 2022 – a year which saw an overall 38% reduction in Neighbourhood crime (compared to pre-covid figures) and a record number of police officers. The report, available on the Commissioner’s website, provides an overview of what […]

Commissioner’s Youth Fund educates young people from Fenland and Peterborough about county lines

Published: 23-08-2022

YOUNG people in Fenland and Peterborough are learning about ‘county lines’ through drama thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston’s Youth Fund. County lines is the name given to drug dealing where organised criminal groups recruit and exploit children to distribute drugs from cities into smaller towns and rural areas. Wisbech-based LEADA Cambs CIC, […]

Six-figure funding secured to tackle anti-social behaviour and sexual violence

Published: 25-07-2022

WISBECH and Peterborough are set to benefit from more than £630,000 awarded from round four of the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund. The money will be used to deliver interventions which tackle anti-social behaviour and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).   “This is excellent news for Wisbech and Peterborough and I would like to […]

Police Commissioner awards £30k to tackle female re-offending

Published: 20-07-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, has awarded £30k to Peterborough-based rehabilitative service, Outside Links. The money will fund a pilot programme, Brighter Tomorrow, to work with female offenders aged 18 and over from Peterborough to address the root causes of what makes them offend. Women enrolled on the programme will be able to access […]

Commissioner congratulates county’s first Twinning Project graduates

Published: 05-07-2022

HMP PETERBOROUGH’S first Twinning Project graduates have been awarded an FA Level 1 Coaching qualification as part of a scheme that uses football to tackle reoffending. The Twinning Project scheme “twins” HMP Peterborough with Peterborough United Football Club. Eligible prisoners have been able to access accredited coaching and employability training to better prepare them for […]

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

Published: 27-06-2022

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 […]

Commissioner calls on businesses to take part in countywide survey on experiences of crime

Published: 21-06-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (21st June 2022) launching a survey on crimes affecting businesses seeking the views of businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by community safety partners is a key priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan with a commitment pledged […]

Another £880k secured to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

Published: 20-06-2022

LOCAL organisations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to get a share of just under £900k over the next three years to fund community-based support services for survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. The money which totals £295k a year will enable the Commissioner to enhance services for vulnerable people in the community. “This […]

Dame Carol Black in Huntingdon to find out how drug misuse is being tackled in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Published: 09-06-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston welcomed Professor Dame Carol Black into Huntingdon today (Thursday 9th June) to understand the challenges around substance misuse and the opportunities arising from the government’s 10-year drug strategy. Dame Carol, a former Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge was commissioned by the Home Office and the Department of Health and […]

Volunteers supporting victims of crime celebrated

Published: 08-06-2022

DARRYL Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner, marked Volunteers Week (1st – 7th June 2022) by thanking those who give up their time to support victims of crime in the Victim and Witness Hub. Volunteer support is at the heart of the Peterborough-based Hub which provides victims and witnesses access to free emotional and practical support to help […]

40 years of Neighbourhood Watch marked by Commissioner

Published: 01-06-2022

DARRYL Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner, is today celebrating 40 years of Neighbourhood Watch by encouraging volunteers to join their local scheme. This year’s national Neighbourhood Watch Week (30th May – 5th June 2022) marks the organisation’s 40th anniversary – the largest crime prevention voluntary movement in England and Wales with upwards of 2.3 million […]

Road Safety Day of Action comes to Cambridge

Published: 31-05-2022

CAMBRIDGESHIRE and Peterborough’s Vision Zero Partnership will be holding a day of action on Wednesday 8th June to raise awareness of road safety. Residents and visitors can talk to Camcycle and Police officers about bicycle safety and security, and get children’s car seats checked. They will also have the opportunity to discuss road and community […]

Commissioner launches fund to make communities safer

Published: 26-05-2022

DARRYL Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched a new Safer Communities Fund to tackle local issues of crime and disorder.  Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) within the county will be able to bid for up to £5K for initiatives which provide a swift response to crimes such as anti-social behaviour, road safety, bike theft and […]

Record police numbers and over £1.4 million of additional funding secured by Commissioner in his first year

Published: 12-05-2022

MORE than £1.4 million of extra funding has been secured by Darryl Preston in his first year as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Thursday (12th May 2022) marks his first year in office since being elected. During the year Darryl has brought partnership bids of more than £1.4 million into the county […]

What can the Community Payback Scheme do for your street?

Published: 25-04-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, is encouraging members of the public to nominate potential projects for the community payback scheme. The Government’s scheme allows members of the public to suggest what unpaid work is carried out by offenders in their area. “Community payback is a punishment that is visible to the public,” Darryl Preston […]

Stalking: How the chilling crime is combatted in Cambridgeshire

Published: 22-04-2022

IMAGINE being home alone, hiding in the darkness. You jump and panic at every noise. You spend each day planning new routes to work, each journey filled with fear. Dread sets in with every phone notification. You are mentally and physically exhausted from a never-ending game of chess. This is the reality for many stalking […]

Could you be a Custody Visitor?

Published: 20-04-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is urging people to help maintain policing standards by volunteering to become Independent Custody Visitors (ICV). Darryl is looking to recruit new volunteers to be part of an important scheme whereby members of the community make unannounced visits to police stations to check on the rights, wellbeing and treatment […]

Additional £15.7m for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Services

Published: 12-04-2022

AN OPPORTUNITY has arisen for local organisations to bid for additional funding to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The Ministry of Justice has ringfenced £15.7m of funding to help victims with the impact of crime. In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough organisations providing tailored support to victims of domestic abuse, rape, sexual violence or […]

Community Payback Scheme is just the thicket for The Green Backyard

Published: 07-04-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston spent time with a community payback team who have been undertaking their community sentence with The Green Backyard, Peterborough to see how it has been growing. The Green Backyard is a community growing project based on the Ram’s Fair Meadow former allotment site in the Fletton and Stanground ward […]

Commissioner supports Cambridge Street Pastors

Published: 27-03-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, is today (Sunday 27th March 2022) announcing that Cambridge Street Pastors are to receive £4,000 for new uniforms for volunteers. The funding is available as part of the third round of Government’s Safer Streets Fund. In October 2021 Cambridgeshire was successfully awarded £471K from the Fund to tackle violence […]

Meet the team taking on “Tinder Swindlers”

Published: 25-03-2022

FRAUD by con artists, rogue traders and “Tinder Swindler” romance scammers costs Cambridgeshire residents a whopping £1.5 – £2 million a month.* Netflix smash hits like “The Puppet Master” and “Tinder Swindler” show the devastating effect that fraud can have on victims. The popular documentaries also make clear how difficult it can be for police […]

Community Scrutiny Panel helping police to maintain high standards

Published: 23-03-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (23rd March 2022) thanking members of the public who commit their time to ensure police officers operate to professional standards. The group known as the Community Scrutiny Panel consists of a group of committed volunteers who live, work or study within Cambridgeshire. The Panel regularly monitors the […]

CSI Cambridgeshire: Pupils play forensic investigator for the day

Published: 21-03-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston visited schools and universities across the county to teach children and young people about how the police use forensics. The face to face sessions were offered to mark British Science Week (11th – 20th March 2022). Students from Peterborough University and Cambourne Primary School welcomed Darryl and Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s […]

Commissioner issues advice for protecting your pup

Published: 14-03-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, is marking Dog Theft Awareness Day (Monday 14th March 2022) by sharing tips for keeping your pet safe. “As a dog owner myself I understand that dogs are beloved family members and the theft of one can be truly devastating,” Darryl said. “Punishments are often related to the monetary […]

Peterborough United and Police Commissioner tackle reoffending with football in prison

Published: 07-03-2022

Peterborough United Football Club will be using football to tackle reoffending thanks to a project announced by Darryl Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Delivered by national charity, The Twinning Project, the scheme will “twin” HMP Peterborough with Posh. Eligible prisoners will be able to access accredited coaching and employability training to […]

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents set to see record police officer numbers

Published: 10-02-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (10th February 2022) thanking all those who responded to his recent survey about funding policing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the coming year.  The increase to the policing part of council tax, supported by the county’s Police and Crime Panel on 2nd February, means that the county […]

Commissioner delivers on commitment to support survivors of rape

Published: 07-02-2022

MORE THAN £415k has been secured for rape survivors in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough since Darryl Preston became Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021. This is on top of the £333K additional funding already secured by the PCC’s office. The announcement comes during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (7th – 13th February). Additional […]

Commissioner delivers cash boost for local clubs

Published: 02-02-2022

CAMBRIDGE RUFC, Peterborough Youth Boxing and Friends of Life Education have been announced as the first youth groups and charities to receive awards from Darryl Preston’s Youth Fund. The Commissioner’s Youth Fund helps youngsters take part in a range of community projects. It also provides them with safe environments to gain skills and confidence. “I […]

Rape survivors offered chance to shape police services

Published: 01-02-2022

VICTIMS of rape who have reported to the police will be given the opportunity to feedback on their experience at key points in the investigation, as part of a new project launched this week. The initiative, which is jointly supported by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston, will ensure that the […]

Commissioner supports pledge to stamp out modern slavery

Published: 20-01-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston, has today joined the Constabulary in their commitment to eliminate modern slavery in their supply chains. Chief Constable Nick Dean and the Commissioner signed a refreshed Modern Slavery Statement at the Business Co-ordination Board. The statement sets out the actions the force will take to ensure there is no […]

Life changing support offered to rape survivors thanks to successful £78k funding bid

Published: 20-01-2022

THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner has announced that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to receive an extra £78K for 130 rape survivors to access vital counselling. The game changing amount from the Ministry of Justice has been made possible by Darryl Preston’s office and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership working together. “I am thrilled […]

Commissioner proposes precept increase to support record officer numbers for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Published: 06-01-2022

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is today (Thursday, 6th January) asking people to give their views on his proposed increase to the policing part of council tax. As Police and Crime Commissioner, it’s my job to set the budget for the Constabulary – part of that is about determining how much people contribute through […]

Police and Crime Commissioner agrees to buy land for new southern police station

Published: 05-01-2022

A DECISION has been made today (Wednesday 5 January) by Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston to purchase the land at Milton, near Cambridge, to build the new southern police station. The decision, made at the Commissioner’s Business Coordination Board, means that the land is secure for the future build of the police station, plans […]