Police and Crime Commissioner donates £14,380 to Build Back Better Fund

We are extremely grateful to the Devon and Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner who has donated funds obtained from the proceeds of crime worth £14,380 to the Build Back Better Fund to help community groups that focus on activities that reduce anti-social behaviour. The Build Back Better Fund provides grants to groups to look beyond immediate crisis needs and rebuild community services for the future.

The funding has been made available from the Police (Property) Regulations which is a statutory requirement to deal with money and other property which comes into the possession of the police in connection with criminal charges and handed in by members of the public. All proceeds are distributed for charitable purposes.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said: “It is vital that residents of our force area are given a helping hand when they want to play a part in improving their communities. The Cornwall Community Foundation does exactly that, enabling committed people to make a real difference where they live, and its values align with the vision of creating stronger, more connected and resilient communities as laid out in my Police and Crime Plan. I am happy to have played a part in helping the foundation plan for a brighter year ahead after a particularly challenging time and look forward to seeing the projects it funds come to life.”

During the summer, in particular, police and communities had to deal with incidents of antisocial behaviour linked to Covid-19 and restrictions. Anti-social behaviour makes up 33.5% of all incidences reported in Cornwall. The incidence of anti-social behaviour has increased by 9.3% when compared year-over-year in the period of October 2019 – September 2020.

White Gold Cornwall Foundation is just one example of a Cornish charity awarded a grant from the Build Back Better Fund. White Gold work with children and young people providing mentoring to help them navigate life’s challenges, supporting those who are vulnerable and at risk with many issues e.g. lack of confidence, self-esteem, challenging behaviour and lack of engagement in education. During lockdown, normal mentoring sessions were not able to continue thus the charity had to find a way to operate remotely yet still providing this crucial support for young people.

Tamas Haydu, Chief Executive here at Cornwall Community Foundation, said, “We are very grateful indeed to the Police and Crime Commissioner for this boost to our Build Back Better Fund for anti-social behaviour reduction projects. The Commissioner has also provided funding to us previously for road safety improvements and the Crimebeat Fund. Since 2013 the Crimebeat Fund has invested £115,000 in local community crime prevention initiatives.”

For more information or to apply to the Build Back Better Fund for a grant for support towards an anti-social behaviour reduction projects, click here.