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Safer Streets Round Four: where the funding is headed

The latest set of funding from the Safer Streets initiative has been confirmed.

Street Help intercoms and digital doorbell footage software are among initiatives that will be supported by the latest round of Safer Streets funding. 

It marks the fourth round of the Safer Streets funding, representing a sum of £50m, which will run across the financial years 2022/23 and 23/24. 

100 projects will receive sums from the funding that was announced this week - including those organsied by police forces, local authorities and community groups. 

South Wales PCC, Alun Michael, is using part of the funding he will receive to set up three intercoms in Cardiff which will provide residents with direct access to the police and emergency workers when they find themselves feeling unsafe in the city. 

Meanwhile, the biggest sum went to the Nottinghamshire PCC who received £3m across four bids - with the money going towards warden and specalised burglary reduction officers, along with CCTV and lighting. 

“It is a phenomenal achievement to secure a whopping £3m this time around,” said Commissioner Henry.

“This is another massive step forward in the delivery of the three priorities in our Make Notts Safe Plan - preventing crime and protecting people from harm, responding efficiently and effectively to community needs and supporting victims and survivors, witnesses and communities.”

The second highest successful bidder was the Gloucestershire PCC receiving £2,032,170 across three bids. 

Part of PCC Chris Nelson’s funding will go towards better software for witnesses to upload digital doorbell footage as well as other forms of crime video evidence. 

Chief Inspector Andrew Kilmurray is currently working on using the Egress software platform as a way of getting video evidence to the police for road traffic offences. The workspace will contain a form that then links to secure cloud storage - as other forces are doing under Operation Snap. 

However, Ch Insp Kilmurray then plans to use the Safer Streets funding to develop a second platform for crime video evidence to be uploaded - including from doorbell cameras. The webform design will be slightly different but will work in much the same way. Ch Insp Kilmurray told Police Oracle he expects it to take a few months to fully develop. 

PCC Nelson is also putting money towards a new fleet of drones and wildlife cameras as part of his bid on tackling neighbourhood crime and residential burglary. 

To date, £120m has been given through the Safer Streets Funding in addition to the £5m which has gone to the Safety for Woman at Night fund. 


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