Police forces and local authorities across England and Wales, are to receive a share of £23.5 million to make public spaces safer for all through projects to help women and girls feel safer on our streets as part of the government’s Safer Streets Fund.
Rutland and Melton have been awarded £550,000 to install new CCTV, improved lighting and maintenance in our parks.
The cash boost is part of the Government’s Safer Streets fund – with a further £23.5 million committed to make public spaces safer for all, and with a special emphasis on women and girls.
Alicia Kearns has been working with the new Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that the policing and safety priorities of Rutland and Melton are taken into account – and this is just one of her priorities to make communities safer.
Ms Kearns said: "The safety of everyone in our communities is my first priority – so I’m delighted that the Home Office has awarded us these funds. It will make a real difference – enabling women and girls in particular to feel safer on our streets. I’ve been pressing to make our streets safer since I was elected, and lobbied our Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver more CCTV for our towns – and this is only the first step."
Since her election, Alicia has been working with Government Ministers, Councils, Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to secure more CCTV coverage, more 4x4 police cars, more police officers, more fly tipping cameras and to secure a greater emphasis on rural policing. She's also backing a new law on livestock worrying.
Last month the Home Office and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) launched StreetSafe, an online mapping tool which allows all members of the public to flag areas where they don’t feel safe and say why.
Primarily, but not exclusively, aimed at women and girls, the data collected from StreetSafe will allow police to understand specific concerns and use the information to make decisions on safety in the area.
More widely, since its inception last year, the Safer Streets Fund has allowed forces and local authorities to invest in transformative crime prevention initiatives.