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Community Initiatives Fund

The Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has made £200,000 available over the next six months via a new Community Initiatives Fund.

This will help to fund voluntary and community activity which helps and supports people having to self-isolate under coronavirus restrictions. The money is allocated from items seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act

To learn more about the criteria and how to apply, visit the OPCC website.


WMNow

Find out what’s happening in your community by signing up to WMNow for updates about crime, safety advice and road closures.

You can choose the types of updates that are most interesting and useful for you.

Register for free by clicking here.


Street Watch

StreetWatch is a community led initiative.

StreetWatch groups are made up of volunteers who are at least 18 years old. They carry out street patrols, but have no police powers.

The groups are managed by a coordinator, who is part of the group. Their job includes:

  • keeping a volunteer list
  • providing advice, guidance and support
  • regularly speaking with the local policing team.

Groups patrol in a minimum group of two and register them on a forum.

The local policing team also look at the forum before the patrols take place, to know where the group is going.

If the group sees suspicious activity, they should report it to the policing team, but not get involved.

If you want to find out more about StreetWatch, read this leaflet.

If you want to take part in StreetWatch, email us. In the email, make sure you include your:

  • name
  • postcode
  • telephone number

You can also visit our recruitment page. There, you’ll also find out about other opportunities to get involved.


Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest community crime prevention initiatives. It is not run by the police, but has dedicated members of staff working with it.

Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its community. Members of the public and their neighbours come together to make their area a safe and pleasant place to live. 

Groups decide what measures to take because they know what their community needs best. Local groups also draw on support from police, local authorities, fire and rescue services, the voluntary sector and other volunteers.

If you would like to start your own neighbourhood watch group up, please email us.

You can find out more by visiting the Neighbourhood Watch website. You can also download the service agreement.


 Independent Advisory Group (IAG)

An Independent Advisory Group (IAG) is a self-governing group made up of people from local communities who provide independent advice to the police.

Groups reflect the make-up of our communities and members have a connection with a particular community or communities and an understanding of the issues relevant to them. 

Membership of the group is on a voluntary basis.  IAGs cover a geographical area and only policing matters within the policing area will be discussed.

To find out more about an IAG in your area, please call 101 and ask to speak to the Consultation and Engagement Officer for your area.