Com­mu­nity urged to bid for crooks’ cash

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A SPE­CIAL fund which uses cash seized from crooks to help com­mu­nity crime­busters in North Wales is set to take its hand-outs to over £200,000 in five years.

The Your Com­mu­nity, Your Choice Awards are again putting up over £40,000 and North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones is urg­ing lo­cal groups to bid for the cash.

The Com­mu­nity Fund is again be­ing set up jointly by Mr Jones, North Wales Po­lice and the North Wales Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Trust (PACT).

Each of the re­gion’s six coun­ties will have £2,500 apiece for two groups, with £5,000 each for two or­gan­i­sa­tions that op­er­ate across North Wales.

The suc­cess­ful groups will be cho­sen by pub­lic vote and en­tries open on Monday, Septem­ber 4, and close on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30.

The Your Com­mu­nity, Your Choice en­try form is avail­able on the North Wales Po­lice web­site, with a link to it on the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s web­site.

A short­list of ap­pli­cants will be cho­sen by a spe­cial panel and vot­ing opens to the pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 30 and runs un­til De­cem­ber 1, with that vote de­cid­ing the winners.

The cash for the awards comes partly from money seized by the courts through the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act, with the rest from the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s Fund.

North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, Ar­fon Jones, said: “Th­ese awards are im­por­tant be­cause they in­volve the com­mu­nity and the com­mu­ni­ties de­cide where the money can best be spent.

“A lot of what we fund is aimed at pro­vid­ing some­thing for young peo­ple to get in­volved with in their spare time, rather than be­ing tempted to com­mit crime or in­dulge in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. We want to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties so they are able to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ar­eas.

“Smaller com­mu­nity groups like them can do a great deal to make com­mu­ni­ties safer, re­duce crime and re­duce re-of­fend­ing.

“It also sends a good mes­sage to the com­mu­ni­ties, be­cause it shows we are lis­ten­ing to them.”

Com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­turned by email to: your­com­mu­ni­tyy­our­choice@nth­wales.pnn.po­lice. uk, by 5pm, on the clos­ing date of Septem­ber 30.

● Deputy Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for North Wales Ann Grif­fith, As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble of North Wales Po­lice Richard De­bicki, PACT chair­man David Wil­liams and Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for North Wales, Ar­fon Jones

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