by Sarah Morland (Reading Voluntary Action)
The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced this year’s round of grants from the Police Property Fund. The fund is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner, and all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes
Applications are invited from local voluntary and community groups which are working to improve the lives of people in the Thames Valley Police area. Applicants must demonstrate that their project or activity contributes to meeting the PCC’s objectives, as set out in his Police and Crime Plan, or is a police related charity.
The PCC’s priorities are to:
* cut crimes that are of most concern to the public and to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities
* protect the visible presence of the police and partners to cut crime and the fear of crime and reassure communities
* protect the public from harm arising from serious organised crime and terrorism
* communicate and engage with the public in order to cut crime and the fear of crime and build trust and confidence with our communities
* work with the criminal justice partners to reduce crime and support victims and witnesses
* ensure policing, community safety and criminal justice services are delivered efficiently and effectively
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 22 June. The intention is to have a further round later in the year.