£250k plan to fight antisocial behaviour and youth offending
3:35pm Friday 13th December 2013 in News
A £250,000 plan has been launched to help reduce antisocial behaviour and youth offending across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
It will see Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon fund specialist services.
Bids are open to organisations which believe they can provide those services and help deliver his Commissioning Plan for Antisocial Behaviour and Youth Offending.
Mr Salmon said: “I’m looking for innovative ideas to improve behaviour and keep communities safe. Bidding is open to any provider including voluntary sector organisations, private providers, sports clubs, activity centres and others.
“I’m initially making £250,000 available and I’m committed to working with existing and new partners to make our communities safer. Contracts will start in 2014-15 and will be up to four years in length.”
This money represents a 20% increase on existing funding for tackling antisocial behaviour and youth crime. For the first time it will go to service providers commissioned by Mr Salmon.
On his election in November 2012, he inherited three Home Office funds targeted at Dyfed-Powys community safety issues. From 2013-14 the Home Office determined that this money would become part of the main police fund. Mr Salmon decided to distribute it to existing service providers until April 2014.
The 2013-14 money – £206,000 – went to four Community Safety Partnerships and four Youth Offending Teams, one of each in all of Dyfed-Powys’s four counties. They may bid for elements of the new-style funding.
However, Mr Salmon’s new Commissioning Plan for Antisocial Behaviour and Youth Offending illustrates his desire to bring new ideas and energy to the fight against crime and antisocial behaviour, while delivering more for less.
He said: “I’ve taken a close look at the use of the Community Safety Fund in Dyfed-Powys and have found a number of duplications and disparities.
“While I don’t doubt the dedication and hard work of the people dealing with the incredible challenges presented by crime and anti-social behaviour, we must deliver a service that’s responsive to today's needs.
“I want to see a focus on improving behaviour and tackling causes of antisocial behaviour. I want to see work with families to give young kids responsibility and respect.”