Innovative youth initatives funded through the Police Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund are being showcased in a national publication launched today.
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has published ‘Prevention In Focus’ which demonstrates the commitment and drive of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales in investing in early intervention and prevention services in their local communities.
Including within the publication are details of Jane Kennedy's Crime Prevention Fund, which aims to stop problems before they occur by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour. The article includes case studies from the fund provided by the Ariel Trust and Employability Solutions, organisations which are working with young people to prevent them from becoming victims of, or getting involved with, crime, while guiding them towards a brighter future.
Jane said: "During 2018/19, an estimated 25,000 residents benefitted from 14 projects which received a share of £135,000 from my Crime Prevention Fund.
“Many of those successful initiatives focused on working with young people, with the aim of preventing them from becoming victims of, or getting involved with, crime, while guiding them towards a brighter future.
“It is important to recognise that young people may be coerced, groomed or exploited into carrying out activities on behalf of others.
"They need our support to take them away from danger, prevent them from becoming involved with crime & ensure they can enjoy their childhoods. These projects have the potential to save a young person from a life behind bars, whilst also making the community a more peaceful place to live & reducing the demand on the police & other public services.”
The publication highlights how PCCs are making a real difference working with partners across not just policing but fire and rescue services, health, social care, local authorities and charities. By investing resources upstream they are helping to keep communities safe, improve resilience and tackle the factors that can lead to crime
APCC Prevention Lead: Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Deputy Prevention Lead, Keith Hunter, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner said: “As part of this whole system approach, PCCs are addressing the root causes of crime, helping to support children and young people to move away from the risk factors that can lead to crime or victimisation. Working with local partners to protect vulnerable people who may be at risk of becoming victims, PCCs are empowering local people with crime prevention measures to help make their local communities safer.”
Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service, Kit Malthouse MP said: “The best way to fight crime is to stop it happening in the first place. It is therefore my pleasure to contribute to this publication which showcases the vital leadership role PCC’s play in galvanising the local response to preventing crime and serious violence, identifying vulnerability in their communities, and targeting support to prevent crime from happening.”
Read PCC Making A Difference: ‘Prevention In Focus’ to find out how 15 cross-party PCCs are making a real difference, through their leadership, commissioning and partnership work. Innovative prevention projects highlighted include working with women offenders; an award-winning Community Peer Mentor Service; a Safe Schools and Communities Team project; a Young Victims of Crime Service; Adverse Childhood Experiences projects; as well as various Sport-based intervention schemes.