Kevin Welcomes £546,781 Crime Fighting Boost

Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster has welcomed a £546,781 funding boost for Devon & Cornwall Police as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund.

The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the Government’s concerted action to tackle crime and aims to stop offences which blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.

The extra funding will be aimed at improving security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.

These offences are crimes the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year.

Police and Crime Commissioners were invited to bid for a share of the £25 million Safer Streets Fund in January, with each project eligible for a grant of up to £550,000.

Bids were evaluated against a set criteria and bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.

This additional funding comes alongside the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, and the £1.1 billion funding boost for the policing system for 2020-21.

Commenting, Kevin Foster MP said:

“This latest boost to fighting crime in our area is very welcome and will make our area’s streets safer by helping fund simple measures which can make a real difference.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“I will not stand by while criminals inflict fear and misery on our communities.

“That is why I set up this fund to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent people falling victim to these crimes.”


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