NIPB funding for projects to strengthen community engagement and neighborhood policing
Almost £200,000 has been awarded to projects across Northern Ireland to boost community engagement and help address issues such as anti-social behavior and engagement with young people.
February 18, 2022
By Paul Jacques
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), which will work closely with the projects, said they were “shining examples of policing with the community”.
Thirty-one projects will share funding of £199,000 from the Northern Ireland Police Board (NIPB) in the first round of grants from its Police Property Fund Small Grants scheme. Each will receive grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.
The NIPB said: “Tackling issues such as anti-social behavior, mental health and addiction, training search and rescue volunteers, involving young people and the elderly, each of the projects is rooted in the community. and works closely with the PSNI and local police. and Community Safety Partnerships (CPSP).
A further £100,000 will be awarded in the second round of applications to the scheme.
PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Bobby Singleton said: ‘The 31 projects that have received funding through the Police Assets Fund are all shining examples of ‘policing with the community’.
“The fund is a great example of how the police department and police board are investing in neighborhood policing and community safety to deliver projects that can bring about positive change and address issues of concern within our communities. .
He said the awards recognize the efforts of these organizations and their members “who work tirelessly within our communities.”
NIPB Chairman Doug Garrett said: “We are delighted to be able to offer grants to community projects across Northern Ireland. The program has been designed by the Council to support project ideas that will improve safety in local areas and to support the building of partnerships and relationships with the police and within the community.
“Community engagement has become increasingly important over the past few years, and we are grateful to be able to help forge and strengthen the bonds between local groups, neighborhood policing teams and PCSPs through the funds provided. from the Police Property Fund.
“Trust in policing is key to a safe society and we hope the projects funded by the Police Assets Fund will help make communities safer and more engaged.”