Wisbech and Peterborough are set to benefit from more than £630,000 awarded from round four of the Home Office's Safer Streets Fund.
The money will be used to deliver interventions which tackle anti-social behaviour and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
"This is excellent news for Wisbech and Peterborough and I would like to thank Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Fenland District Council and Peterborough City Council for working so closely with my office in order to secure the award," said Darryl Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner.
"In my Police and Crime Plan I said I would tackle, prevent and provide support to victims of anti-social behaviour and VAWG. To date our county has successfully received £1.8m from all four rounds of Safer Streets funding and the money is already making a difference. For example, thanks to training funded through Safer Streets, CCTV operators were able to prevent a potential rapist from striking and direct police resources to save a woman during an attack."
The grant is worth £634,285 over 15 months and will pay for a range of new initiatives and interventions to keep people safe in the Medworth Ward of Wisbech and Peterborough Central, some of which will include:
"The fourth round of Safer Streets funding aims to target neighbourhood crime, VAWG, anti-social behaviour and the fear felt by people as they go about their business in open spaces within communities," added Vicki Evans, Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
"The funding will allow us to step up patrols and work closer with partners to prevent future crimes happening in the first place. We will also develop our Police Cadet scheme within the local areas. Hearing today that the plans can now bear fruit and be realised is very satisfying and exciting. The Constabulary looks forward to continuing to work with partners, using additional funds to harness existing skills, knowledge and experiences to make our communities safer."
Cllr Steve Count, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Licensing and Community Safety, said: "The Safer Streets work across Cambridgeshire is hugely important, with funded initiatives achieving positive outcomes in tackling anti-social behaviour and Violence Against Women and Girls crimes across the area. I'm delighted that as a partnership we've been able to secure a significant amount of additional funding so that we can invest in a range of new initiatives and interventions in the Wisbech and Peterborough areas, tackling many of the concerns people have and increasing the feelings of safety.
"By stepping up the action we take to deter the small but disruptive number of people who are blighting our neighbourhoods, we can better prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and make communities even safer and more attractive places for residents and visitors alike."
Safer Streets 4 will be delivered in partnership by nine organisations:
Article date: July 2022