‘People power’ will decide police cash boost for Walsall safety pioneers
Community-spirited people from Walsall and Willenhall are set to
benefit from a share of a new fund earmarked to support safety
initiatives to make communities more active.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and West
Midlands Police are overhauling the way 'Proceeds of Crime Act'
(POCA) funding is distributed to ensure it is supporting citizens
to become more active in their communities through a new Active
Citizens Fund. In addition to POCA funds, the scheme will
also be supported using funds from the Police Property Act (PPA)
and the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF).
The project is being managed by Walsall Local Policing Unit,
Walsall Voluntary Action, Walsall Council and Walsall
Sgt Nick Morton from Walsall Police said: "This funding
provides a great opportunity for people, who will no doubt have
brilliant, pioneering ideas of how to tackle the issues that matter
most to their community. We want to work in partnership to empower
these people to develop and deliver these ideas to help to make our
communities a safer place.
"This funding is available for individuals rather than
groups or organisations - but they may of course be linked to an
organisation as a volunteer or member.
"There is a real opportunity to inspire their local
community, and then if successful, work in partnership to deliver
it. Community events will be organised in each area and those
attending can listen to each problem solving Idea before discussing
and making a decision."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
said "The Proceeds of Crime Act allows police forces to use money
and goods seized from criminals to be used to make local
"I am overhauling the current system to make sure that both
local people's priorities and my police and crime plan are taken
account of when this money is distributed.
"Each local commander, working with local officers will be
the eyes and ears of this project, ensuring that projects that will
make communities safer are funded.
"Local commanders will be seeking the views of people in
their areas and will be holding a series of events over the coming
weeks and months to make sure that the public have a say on what
they think will make their local communities safer."
Funding and free support for new and innovative community
safety ideas is being made accessible for anyone living or working
across the borough.
While there is no limit on funding, applicants are asked to
consider carefully how much their project will cost. Projects
should be ready to be launched early in the new year.
- To find out more about the Walsall Active Citizens scheme
please contact Sgt Morton on email address firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lesley Shorthouse, at Walsall Voluntary Action on 01922 619840.