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Crime Reduction Grants
Each year I award a portion of my total commissioning budget to Local Council's Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) and other third-party providers/ groups. The fund is to be spent effectively to deliver against the priorities set out in the Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan Kent.
Total allocated spend for 2020-21 for the 14 CSPs was £558,385. Of this £357,956 was approved for the main business case and a further £126,516 approved from tactical pot requests equating to £484,472 worth of projects. The tactical pot is a portion of the funding that CSPs can set aside to respond to emerging risks in their area.
Projects can be separated into the following main themes.
Youth Related – preventative and diversionary activities such as Charlton Athletic community-based sports with mentoring, Global Generation in Thanet, Safety in Action events for Year 6s, detached boxing project in Medway as well as Kenward Trust detached outreach work for young people in West Kent.
DA Projects – Shepway Chariots, community schemes for those affected by DA, One Stop Shops, group perpetrator programme run by CDAP and support for DAVVS in West Kent.
Training – Online seminar for missing and vulnerable, ASB professionals training and a Domestic Abuse conference.
Community Engagement Activities include Community Safety Conference and a Spot the Signs media campaign,
Victim services / mental health - mental health awareness campaign, Maidstone Mediation and Making Changes Programme.
Crime Prevention Activities- support for shop safe scheme, mobile and static CCTV equipment and the continued use of the funding to support Dartford’s CCTV monitoring operation.
The third-party grants are provided to statutory boards or other partnership groups aimed at delivering a multi-agency approach to tackling crime, ASB, vulnerability and other aspects of societal issues linked to crime and disorder. These include,
Young Persons Substance Misuse - £92,626
Kent Youth Justice Team - £275,106
Medway Youth Offending Team - £90,353
Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £301,449
Kent Safeguarding Children’s Partnership - £45,934
Kent & Medway Adult Safeguarding Partnership - £38,576
Medway Safeguarding Children’s Partnership - £15,434
Medway Drug and Alcohol Action Team - £59,042
Kent Criminal Justice Board - £40,000
Safer Kent - £20,000
Crimestoppers Local and National - £60,366