Communities can benefit from criminals ill-gotten gains

Matthew Ellis.

APPLICATIONS for grants from the People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Fund close tomorrow (Sept 14.)
Matthew Ellis has £200, 000 up for grabs for community projects in his final year as Staffordshire Police, Fire and Rescue Commissioner.
Mr Ellis announced earlier this year that he will not be reeking re-election in 2020.
Grants of between £100 and £2,000 are available through the People Power Fund and £2,000 to £10,000 from the POCA.
Mr Ellis said: “The People Power Fund helps local communities with ideas to make their areas safer.
“It is really easy to apply for and is about preventing problems like anti-social behaviour through better secutity or anything that is likely to successfully deter wrong-doing and community nuisane..
“The Proceeds of Crime funding always gives me a warm feeling. Staffordshire Police strip offenders of their ill-gotten gains and then make it available to support activities preventing crime.
“It’s a bit of a vicious circle .. criminals commit crime, police via the courts seize their assets and that provides money to make places safer,” he added.
People Power Fund applications need to be sponsored by the group’s neighbourhood police officer or PCSO and will be initially asessed by the local Communbity Safety Partnership.
Apply to https://staffordshire-pfc.gov.uk/get-involved/community-funding/