Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has been awarded almost £1.2 million from the Home Office after two successful bids to the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. More Safer Streets funds for the county
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will contribute more funding, so that almost £1.7 million will be invested in projects to improve the safety of women at night in Northampton and Kettering and to prevent crime on the Queensway estate in Wellingborough.
Safer Streets Funding is awarded by the Home Office for projects that will successfully prevent incidents in proven high crime areas.
The funding will be used to continue to tackle violence against women and girls in Northampton and Kettering and to improve the safety of residents on the Queensway estate in Wellingborough.
The work to be carried out includes:
Night-time economy in Northampton and Kettering
- Implementing a night safety charter
- A second SNOvan (safer nights out) for the north of the county, to be used by volunteers as a haven for anyone in difficulty on a night out
- Work to improve the safety of pedestrians on a night out in Bridge Street, Northampton
- An app to help map areas where people don’t feel safe, so that they can be improved
- “Stand by her” training for young men in to help them understand the impact of harassment on women and give them the skills to challenge
On-going projects to train bar staff to call out harassment and to help licensed premises improve their security will continue. There will also be significant investment in ID scan technology, so that around 30 venues in Northampton and Kettering can share information about people who behave inappropriately.
Around 650 properties in Kiln Way and Minerva Way will have new, secure doors fitted in a partnership with Great well Homes, and alleys in Shelley Road will be gated. Security lighting will be fitted to some properties and there will be a significant roll out of security products to residents.
There will also be:
- 18 new security cameras
- Car parking security will be improved to the Park Mark standard
- Activity schemes will be put in place for young people
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “I’m thrilled that the bids we have put forward for additional funding to tackle crime in Northamptonshire have yet again been successful. This money will be used on practical measures to make people safer and will focus on the priorities that local people have told us they want to see dealt with.”