Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has announced details of a new funding boost to help neighbourhoods prevent crime and increase safety.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the county are being invited to apply for a grant to support their efforts to protect communities and deter crime.
The funding, unveiled at Derbyshire’s Neighbourhood Watch AGM, is being made available through the PCC's Neighbourhood Watch Support Fund 2021-2022 and will be allocated in grants of up to £250 per proposal.
The PCC has pledged to deliver 'stronger and more effective neighbourhood policing' across Derbyshire, bolstering the number of volunteers and citizens who support the work of the Police and increase visibility in the county’s communities.
She said: “Neighbourhood Watch plays a valuable role in keeping our communities safe and reassuring residents.
“I am determined to strengthen their work, bring local people together and build resilience in our communities so that the people of Derbyshire can go about their daily lives without the fear of becoming a victim of crime.
“We can all play a part in keeping our communities safe. Many people already do a fantastic job supporting the work of the Police in their local area and I want to support the work that takes place on the ground in our communities to protect people from crime.”
The Neighbourhood Watch Support Fund is aimed at increasing the number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in operation across Derbyshire, as well as boosting membership and supporting existing schemes.
Applications will be screened by the Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Trust (DNWAT) before being submitted to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
The closing date for applications is 28 February 2022.
For more information and to apply, visit https://www.derbyshireneighbourhoodwatch.co.uk/neighbourhood-watch-support-fund-apply-now/