Money Seized from Criminals Helping Reduce Crime
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is putting £150k of money recovered from criminals back into community projects which reduce crime.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Action Fund, to support community and voluntary initiatives which tackle crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live.

David Lloyd said: “This fund, created from the proceeds of crime, enables local groups to find solutions to community safety problems.

“I’ll be working with a range of organisations from the community who want to create better services for residents and work with our partners to make the county safer.”

Last year a wide variety of community groups applied for funding to support projects to help tackle issues within their communities.
These projects included education and training programmes to protect vulnerable people and provide community reassurance, anti-social behaviour prevention projects, support for domestic abuse victims and even an after school club which trained students to develop apps for mobile phones.*

Who can apply?  

The fund is open to voluntary and community groups, charitable and not for profit organisations, Community Safety Partnerships and Parish, Town and District Councils.

The PCC particularly wants to support innovative projects formed from local collaborations and partnerships and can make a lasting difference to communities in terms of safety and crime prevention. 
The fund is open for applications until March 30th.

Applications to the fund can be made through the Hertfordshire Community Foundation website:

*More information on the projects that received funding can be found here.
Background to the Fund:

One of the priorities of the Commissioner’s plan is that crime does not pay.  The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Action Fund is made up from funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

This piece of legislation was created to tackle organised crime, giving police officers the power to seize cash and recover assets such as cars and houses bought by criminals through the proceeds of their crimes.

POCA strikes directly at the main motive for crime, deterring offenders, disrupting organised crime, and shows the public that crime doesn't pay.
The money recovered and made through the sale of the criminal's assets can then be put back into community projects and helps to fund further investigations.