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Meet the volunteers supporting Cambridgeshire’s communities to stay safe and thrive

Published: 31-05-2023

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, we are shining the spotlight on some of the community heroes who dedicate their time – freely – to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough safer. From the restorative justice champions helping victims and offenders come to terms with the impact of offending through to the caseworkers who provide a listening […]

Crime victims encouraged to seek help as nation marks Mental Health Awareness Week

Published: 15-05-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston is reminding victims and witnesses of crime about a new service he funds to improve mental wellbeing and recovery from trauma. As the nation prepares to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 15-21, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough PCC highlighted the specialist mental health support available through […]

Commissioner Reflects on Two Years in Office

Published: 11-05-2023

I am very proud to serve as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The time has flown, and it is quite remarkable that I find myself entering my third year. Everybody stepping into this job has big ideas about how they could make a difference. With my professional background in policing, I’m no […]

£786k funding boost to prevent domestic abuse and stalking across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Published: 11-05-2023

  MORE than £786k of Home Office funding has been secured to address the behaviour of perpetrators of domestic abuse and stalking across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston submitted a successful partnership bid to the Home Office’s Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund 2023-25 – securing a total of £786,138 over the […]

Praise for supporting charity helping older and vulnerable people to feel safe after crime

Published: 19-04-2023

Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston has praised the work of a charity that provides support and free security improvements to thousands of older and vulnerable victims of crime across Cambridgeshire every year. The Bobby Scheme is a small local charity established in 2001 by the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust – an organisation set up […]

Statement from Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston

Published: 30-03-2023

“I want to express my deepest sympathy with anyone who has been affected by the events that took place last night in Bluntisham and Sutton and completely understand how shocked local people will be.  “I will continue to be briefed by the Chief Constable throughout the investigation and am sure you will understand that while […]

Commissioner visits Peterborough charity following break-in

Published: 24-03-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston visited Peterborough-based charity, Little Miracles yesterday, Thursday 23rd March, as part of a wider visit to the city. After meeting students at Jack Hunt School and speaking to local residents, the Commissioner met with staff and parents at the special needs charity in Hartwell Way to see for himself […]

Police Commissioner invests more than £60k towards young people’s projects

Published: 20-03-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston has awarded a total of £60,543 to 21 youth fund projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the past six months. The Commissioner’s Youth Fund aims to ensure that young people who are at risk are deterred from becoming involved in criminal or anti-social activities. Some of the projects that […]

The Commissioner’s blog – tackling serious violence

Published: 16-03-2023

March 2023 SERIOUS VIOLENCE linked to knife crime, drugs and county lines has a devastating impact. Not only on the lives of victims and families who are directly affected but also on the fear it can cause in the wider community.  Thankfully, we don’t see the same level of serious violence, particularly gun and knife […]

Three women, three stories – meet some of the women working in the Police Commissioner’s Office 

Published: 08-03-2023

TO MARK International Women’s Day, we are sharing the stories of some of the women who work for the Police and Crime Commissioner in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  From their thoughts on female empowerment to what inspires them to do the jobs they do – meet Ella, Catherine and Cristina. Ella Hayward – Senior Partnership Policy Officer […]

Could you volunteer as an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV)?

Published: 06-03-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston is on the hunt for passionate and motivated volunteers who can help him maintain high standards of custody welfare. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough PCC has launched a recruitment drive to appoint a new cohort of Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) to provide impartial feedback on the wellbeing of detainees in […]

Commissioner funds translation services to help victims of sexual violence from minority communities

Published: 28-02-2023

A CHARITY supporting survivors of sexual violence across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has secured funding to improve its communication with victims from underrepresented minority communities. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston has awarded £4,140 to one half of the countywide support service – Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group (PRCCG) to translate important help […]

PCC issues Valentine’s Day scam warning after romance fraudsters con daters out of £100k in one month

Published: 13-02-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston is warning people to stay alert to dating scammers after new figures revealed romance fraud had cost victims more than £100k across the county – in just one month. Speaking ahead of Valentine’s Day, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner said in January 2023 alone, 11 romance […]

Hidden in plain sight: The efforts being taken to identify and support victims of modern slavery in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Published: 07-02-2023

In the UK alone, there are estimated to be more than 100,000 hidden victims of slavery. Identifying them can be incredibly difficult with many too frightened or trapped to seek help of their own accord. This is something we are working very hard to change here in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the assistance of specialist […]

PCC urges victims of sexual abuse not to suffer in silence

Published: 06-02-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston has reached out to victims of sexual violence to remind them they are not alone as a national campaign gets underway. The Commissioner funds a wealth of services to support the recovery of those who have been subjected to sexual abuse or sexual violence and is today (6 February) […]

PCC’s budget proposals help sustain ‘record’ number of police officers

Published: 06-02-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston has announced his plan to deliver strong and effective policing across the county and maintain ‘record’ numbers of police officers over the next 12 months. Following a countywide survey of residents carried out in January, Darryl recommended increasing the policing part of council tax by 5.8% which equates to […]

New legislation steps up fight against knife crime and serious violence

Published: 31-01-2023

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston will have new legal responsibilities from today (Tuesday 31st January) to bring together key organisations who can prevent serious violence and protect lives. The Serious Violence Duty, which comes into force nationally today, places a legal obligation on public sector organisations such as the police and local authorities to […]

PCC praises partnership working as £630k Safer Streets project gathers pace

Published: 23-01-2023

WORK ON a six-figure project to increase safety in Peterborough and Wisbech is gathering pace with a series of key milestones already achieved. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston praised partners for their swift action and joined-up approach on the Safer Streets four project which is already making a difference. Peterborough and […]

New mental wellbeing service for victims of crime announced

Published: 18-01-2023

A NEW £200k service supporting the mental health needs of victims and witnesses of crime is being launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Mental health charity Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) has secured a three-year contract worth over £218k from the PCC to provide mental health and […]