Selous & Holloway Welcome Additional Funding for Beds Police

Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, has welcomed the announcement that Bedfordshire Police will receive £882,150 in extra funding as part of the Government’s £25 million Safer Streets Fund.

The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the Government’s concerted action to tackle crime, and aims to stop offences that blight communities and cause misery to victims from happening in the first place.

The extra funding will be aimed at improving security in areas particularly affected by acquisitive crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery.

These offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year.

The £882,150 of new funding will go towards measures proven to cut crime. These include simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleywaysincreased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV.

The funding will also be used to train community wardensdeliver local crime prevention advice to residents and establish Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Police and Crime Commissioners were invited to bid for a share of the £25 million Safer Streets Fund in January, with each project eligible for a grant of up to £550,000.

Bids were evaluated against set criteria and bidders were asked to outline a plan to reduce crime within a local crime hotspot, demonstrating value for money, evidence of community engagement and long-term sustainability.

This additional funding comes alongside the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years and the £1.1 billion funding boost for the policing system for 2020-21.

Katherine Holloway, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, tweeted:

Commenting, Andrew Selous MP said, “This Government was elected on the promise to crack down on crime and make our streets safer, and the £882,150 announced today for Bedfordshire Police will help deliver that.

“This new money will help fund proven crime cutting measures, such as increased street lighting, CCTV and locked gates around alleyways – and I am confident that this will prevent and reduce crimes such as burglary and robbery in the areas that need it most.

“I want people everywhere to feel secure in their communities and be able to live their lives free from the threat of crime, and this extra funding for Bedfordshire Police will help make that possible.”

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