Hampshire Crime Commissioner’s community cash award

DISHING OUT CASH Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13750-080)
DISHING OUT CASH Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13750-080)

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COMMUNITY projects aimed at tackling crime have been given a cash boost by the county’s new crime commissioner.

Community Safety Partnerships around the area have each been given a slice of a £1.3m cash fund by Simon Hayes, the police and crime commissioner.

The Safer Portsmouth Partnership has been allocated £200,000 to be spent on initiatives which tackle domestic violence and anti-social behaviour, and pay for drug and alcohol treatment.

The Safer Havant Partnership has been given £11,500 to reduce violent crime, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and domestic violence.

The Safer Fareham Partnership has £8,000 to spend on reducing anti-social behaviour.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I have been impressed with the number of crime prevention schemes being run across Hampshire to make our neighbourhoods safer.

‘This funding allocation allows them to continue with this 
very commendable and essential work.

‘I received many more bids and would have liked to have recognised more of those initiatives which are equally deserving of funding.’

The Pompey in the Community group will also receive extra funding from the commissioner.

The group is an independent charitable trust affiliated to Portsmouth Football Club. It gives youngsters aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to get experience to put on their CVs to help when applying for jobs.

The Safer Hampshire Partnership will also receive some funding.

More than 50 applications were received by the office of the police and crime commissioner and more than 30 of those bids were successful.