Sussex PCC protects CSP funding again with £500k investment


Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne has confirmed that funding for Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) across Sussex will be protected for the fourth year running.

CSPs bring together a range of organisations including community safety officers, local councillors, Sussex Police, Fire and Rescue, and members of the Police and Crime Panel.

A combined total of over £505,000 has been committed by Mrs Bourne for work which reflects the priorities of her Police and Crime Plan, with £86,000 specifically earmarked for work focussing on victims’ services and over £100,000 for drug intervention programmes.

Mrs Bourne said: “I am pleased to announce, that despite significant budget pressures, I have been able to protect CSP funding for the fourth year running. Our CSPs carry out vital work helping to protect their local communities with targeted interventions and co-ordinated efforts to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Tony Nicholson, chair of the Lewes CSP, said: “Lewes District Community Safety Partnership highly values the funding award provided by the PCC as it helps us to progress projects which tackle the community safety priorities we have identified for the coming year.

“Funding given in previous years has helped to develop the Shop Watch scheme in Lewes which has continued to grow and has been successful in reducing shoplifting in the town. Sixteen businesses are now participating in the scheme.

“We have also held a range of White Ribbon activities, including partnerships with a local rugby team and the ‘Living Library’ project. These events have helped to raise the profile of domestic abuse and make people aware of agencies that can help.

“In the coming year we will be using PCC funding for a range of projects addressing issues such as antisocial behaviour, support for victims of crime, domestic abuse, accidents on our roads and the ‘Prevent’ agenda.”

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, chair of the Arun CSP said: “The PCC’s funding is greatly appreciated by the Safer Arun Partnership (the Arun CSP) as it provides us with the financial ability to make communities safer and improve the lives of residents, including for example, our successful work with the street community.

“The Safer Arun Partnership will also be working with the Think Family Programme to develop initiatives which reduce the risk of offending and reoffending.”

Councillor Eileen Lintell, chair of the Chichester CSP, said:

“This new funding will mean we have the freedom and confidence to identify new opportunities to tackle crime and improve safety.

“Not only can we continue with Operation Kite to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation in places such as libraries and GP surgeries but we can also continue to promote safer use of the internet in our primary and secondary schools.

“Going forward we will also continue our early intervention work on antisocial behaviour, allocate more funding to deliver the ‘It’s a Rapp’ young person’s domestic violence  project and improve road safety with a focus on older driver education and cyclists.”

Councillor Kate Rowbottom, Chair of Horsham CSP, said:

“The funding from the PCC will help enable the partners of the Horsham CSP to continue with their efforts to reduce crime and disorder.

“Specifically our focus has been on working with communities on priorities that are important to them, ensuring our residents feel safe, listened to and respected. This funding will enable us to deliver a range of planned initiatives across our three priority areas of road safety, vulnerable people and shoplifting.

“Examples include training sessions to carers of people with disabilities to raise awareness of hate crime as well as a personal safety social media campaign for young people and a workshop for professionals focussed on drug related issues.”

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said: “These initiatives and many more across the county will be warmly welcomed by local communities because they are directly targeted at the issues that matter most to residents and they provide support to those vulnerable people most in need. “

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