More than £2.2million awarded to crime-busting projects in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

More than £2.2million awarded to crime-busting projects in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 8th Jun, 2023   0

MORE than £2.2million has been stumped up towards crime-busting projects in Warwickshire.

The cash, from Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe’s annual grants scheme, will be used to support victims and improve community safety.

This year, the Commissioner’s Grants Scheme is supporting more than 50 projects which sought to either prevent crime or anti-social behaviour or to divert people away from a life of crime.

When taken with the in-year funding for commissioned services and funding provided to the county’s Community Safety Partnerships, it means more than £2.2million is being provided to fund projects supporting the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire.

Among the new projects supported this year is the Helping Hands charity, with the funding helping to support people with homelessness, addiction and mental-health problems across Warwick district. These individuals would otherwise be on the fringes of the Criminal Justice System or at risk of victimisation themselves because of their circumstances.

The Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative will also receive funding to support its work targeting and preventing prolific offending in shops and licensed premises across the county.

Meanwhile, the Rugby-based Futures Unlocked charity is one of several previous recipients of grants who have again been successful in this year’s awards. The charity works with people after their release from prison, providing practical support and advice to turn their lives around and break the cycle of offending.

Mr Seccombe said: “A key part of my role is to ensure that a wide range of projects which help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour or support people to move away from crime have the funding they need to make a real difference in Warwickshire.

“My annual grants scheme supports organisations of all shapes and sizes who do fantastic work to help make Warwickshire a safer place for us all. This year we have a range of projects which support different aspects of my Police and Crime Plan, with a mix of organisations which are new and others that are familiar to us.

“When considered alongside the other services for victims I fund through my commissioning programme, this makes for a multi-million pound commitment each year to reduce crime, support victims and make communities safer.”

A full list of all of the organisations receiving a grant in 2023/24 can be found at


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