Belfast Telegraph

Cash for community safety scheme

A new community safety strategy to tackle crime and the fear of crime is to receive £20 million, the Justice Minister said.

David Ford said the investment would be bolstered by other cash recovered from criminal assets.

The scheme will fund regional projects and support the work of new Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs).

Mr Ford said: "This is a significant investment by my department to implement this ambitious strategy and build safer, shared communities across Northern Ireland.

"That cannot be achieved by the Department of Justice working in isolation. For this strategy to succeed, we have to work in partnership with other government and statutory bodies, the voluntary and community sector and local business to deliver local solutions to local problems."

He added: "The key to the success of the strategy will be how it delivers for local communities. The new Policing and Community Safety Partnerships are key to taking the objectives of this strategy and transforming them into reality on the ground.

"Where PCSPs will deliver for local communities, my department will develop regional action plans on the different strands of the strategy, including attacks on the elderly, interfaces and anti-social behaviour." He said the strategy included a strong emphasis on building shared communities.

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