Newark to benefit from £3 million boost for Nottinghamshire Police's Safer Streets project
Newark is among the areas set to benefit from additional funding for crime prevention.
Nottinghamshire Police has been awarded £3 million in new funding as part of a continued effort to make people safe while out and about in their neighbourhoods.
The money will pay for a range of crime prevention measures, including wardens who will patrol the streets, a specialist burglary reduction officer and an improved CCTV camera network.
It will also fund better street lighting and specialist training for people working in town centres at night to help them keep women and girls safe.
A total of four bids to the Home Office, made by Nottinghamshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, were approved — each totalling £750,000.
Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw districts will share one grant, with project's planned for Newark's Castle Ward.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford welcomed the funding, which will support the work carried out every day by the force to keep people safe and increase public confidence.
He said: “The PCC, her staff and the force have worked hard to ensure that once again Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will benefit from Safer Streets funding to help us keep people safe and prevent crime.
“This further significant funding will be of huge benefit to a number of different areas across the force area which we have put forward following consultation with our local partners. I’m told it’s one of the largest amounts of funding in the country which is testament to all the collective effort which went in to produce these bids.”
Superintendent Claire Rukas added: “This is great news that Nottinghamshire is set to once again benefit from Safer Streets funding to help us prevent crime.
“This funding will be of huge benefit to the different areas across the county in making even more improvements to keeping people safe.
“Keeping people safe remains our top priority and this funding is a significant boost to the work we do on a daily basis to achieve that aim.”
Other areas to receive the additional funding include Nottingham city, the Trent Bridge ward in Rushcliffe, Netherfield, Colwick, the Eastwood south borough of Broxtowe, Warsop, Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Worksop.
The first Safer Streets programme brought £550,000 to Newark during 2020 and 2021.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “It is incredible news for the people of Nottinghamshire because it will allow us to target a huge amount of additional resource to Make Notts Safe.
“This is the fourth round of Safer Streets funding and the biggest and most ambitious one yet for Nottinghamshire. It is also one of the biggest amounts handed out to any for the 43 police force areas across England and Wales.
“This money provides extra support and capacity on top of the fantastic work already being carried out every day by Nottinghamshire Police and our local authorities and third-sector partners to prevent and respond to crime and support victims and reduce reoffending.
“We have seen improvements in feelings of safety in each of the areas we have previously invested Safer Streets money, and I hope we can build on that momentum to ensure everyone can feel safe every time they step outside, right across Nottinghamshire.
“It is a phenomenal achievement to secure a whopping £3 million this time around.
“This is another massive step forward in the delivery of the three priorities in our Make Notts Safe Plan — preventing crime and protecting people from harm, responding efficiently and effectively to community needs and supporting victims and survivors, witnesses and communities.”
Nottinghamshire Police worked with partners from across Nottinghamshire including Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council to secure the funding.