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.


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