Cash for projects to cut re­of­fend­ing

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LAN­CASHIRE’S Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner has awarded over £160,000 to projects which will play a vi­tal role across the county in work­ing to re­duce re­of­fend­ing.

Char­i­ties, or­gan­i­sa­tions and part­ners had the op­por­tu­nity to bid for projects that will work with of­fend­ers in their ar­eas and help them in­te­grate back into the com­mu­nity, with a to­tal of nine projects re­ceiv­ing fund­ing.

Ap­pli­ca­tions were con­sid­ered with help from the four lo­cal Re­duc­ing Re­of­fend­ing Boards cov­er­ing the North, East, South and West, which in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from part­ners in­clud­ing Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the re­gional CRC, mak­ing sure that fund­ing is used in a way which best ad­dresses the lo­cal is­sues and pri­or­i­ties in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Projects will be tak­ing place over the next 12 months, with or­gan­i­sa­tions re­quired to ev­i­dence the im­pact that the work they are do­ing has had, meet­ing the Com­mis­sioner’s key pri­or­i­ties to tackle crime and re­of­fend­ing and de­velop safe and con­fi­dent com­mu­ni­ties.

This fol­lows the ap­point­ment of Jerry Gra­ham, a for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer at Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary who was most re­cently Chief Con­sta­ble in Cum­bria, as In­de­pen­dent Chair of the lo­cal Re­duc­ing Re­of­fend­ing Boards.

Clive Grun­shaw, Lan­cashire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner said: “It has been re­ally ex­cit­ing to hear the range of ideas and or­gan­i­sa­tions that came for­ward dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing these projects in ac­tion and how they make a real dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Polic­ing alone can­not pre­vent peo­ple re­of­fend­ing and this builds on the work al­ready be­ing done across the county.

‘‘I know from see­ing pro­grammes that have re­ceived fund­ing in the past the dif­fer­ence this work can make and how it can help turn peo­ple’s lives around.

“Tack­ling crime and re­of­fend­ing is a key pri­or­ity in my Po­lice and Crime Plan and sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives which help them make Lan­cashire a safer place can only be a good thing.”

Jerry Gra­ham, In­de­pen­dent Chair of the Lo­cal Re­duc­ing Re­of­fend­ing Boards, said: “By hav­ing all four lo­cal boards in­volved in the ap­pli­ca­tion process, we have been able to high­light how each project has the po­ten­tial to make a real dif­fer­ence across Lan­cashire.

“We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the projects progress and hear­ing about the pos­i­tive im­pact they have in each area.”

Jo Ed­wards, As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble, Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary, said:

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that fund­ing has been pro­vided by the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner to sup­port a num­ber of com­mu­nity based projects which seek to ad­dress and break the cy­cle of re­of­fend­ing across a num­ber of our com­mu­ni­ties here in Lan­cashire.

“The pro­vi­sion of tai­lored sup­port and ac­cess to ser­vices across the breadth of part­ner­ships in­volved is vi­tal in sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in of­fend­ing to di­vert their be­hav­iours. I look for­ward to these project mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence in pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties from harm.”

Lan­cashire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Clive Grun­shaw with of­fi­cers

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