The Commissioner and partners at an antisocial behaviour awareness event in Truro this month
The money for projects in Truro, Barnstaple and Torquay will come from the Home Office’s Safer Streets fund, and was announced today (Monday, July 25).
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has been working with North Devon, Cornwall and Torbay councils on the bids. With additional funding from the partners a total of more than £2.6m will be spent on the projects, which will lead to activity including increased police patrols, graffiti clean-ups and outreach work with young people and those with complex needs.
The bids also include plans such as additional mobile CCTV and extra private security patrols to build confidence among those who want to enjoy bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
She said: “Antisocial behaviour is one of our communities’ top priorities. It blights lives, reduces the appeal of our town centres and can escalate to the point where serious crimes occur. In partnership with our business community a great deal of work will take place to make these towns safer and more appealing to people who want to enjoy them without feeling threatened. The Violence Against Women and Girls agenda has started a national conversation about this issue and it is right that we put in place resources to tackle those legitimate fears.
“I am pleased to be working with police and councils on this issue and delighted the Government has listened to our arguments to provide substantial funding for these projects.”
Last year the Commissioner worked with Exeter and Plymouth councils to secure more than £900,000 of Safer Streets funding.