Cash boost sees police foster closer partnership with community

Fourteen police forces are set to build community partnerships to tackle crime following a £700,000 government cash boost.

The funding will support the creation of 14 new Policing Priority Areas (PPAs) to help forces promote effective partnership working in neighbourhoods. Co-ordinated and targeted action by the police and other agencies has been shown to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and help turn round communities experiencing difficulties, the Home Office said.

Today's announcement brings the national total of PPAs up to 27 since the scheme was launched by the Home Secretary in March 2002.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said: "We want communities to break free from crime and anti-social behaviour and this requires effective partnership working between the police, local residents, the local authority, drug action teams and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.

Mr Blunkett said that move would see "deeper, stronger connections developing" between police and communities across the country.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

10 February 2005
Conservatives propose local police commissioners
Conservative leader, Michael Howard, has announced plans to introduce local police commissioners, as part of the party's law and order policy. Mr Howard unveiled plans to replace "remote and unaccountable" police authorities across England and Wales, with directly elected local police commissioners.
13 November 2003
Funding boost for fight against people traffickers
The fight against organised immigration crime was boosted today, as the government announced a trebling of funding – to £60 million – for law enforcement work to disrupt people traffickers and seize their profits.
27 July 2010
Radical Police Reforms Announced
Plans for a radical overhaul of policing in England and Wales have been unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May. The plans include the introduction of locally elected Police and Crime Commissioners and a new National Crime Agency.
25 January 2005
Survey reveals falling level of some crimes
The overall crime rate in England and Wales is continuing to fall, according to the results of the British Crime Survey (BCS). The survey showed that the overall crime rate fell by 11%, in the year ending September 2004.
01 April 2004
New police complaints body launched today
A new independent police complaints organisation has been launched today which is designed to "increase police and public confidence" in the accountability and integrity of the police service, the Home Office has said.