Police and Crime Commissioner announces intention to increase community safety budget

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today announced that he intends to increase the budget available for the prevention of crime in communities through a reduction in administration costs.

In order to reduce costs surrounding community safety, Mr Mold has revealed the administrative structure governing grants to specialist faith groups, the Office for Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), will be removed, to ensure more money is available for community safety initiatives.

The Commissioner has confirmed that the pioneering Change Maker Delivery Programme – which sees organisations that were awarded crime and disorder reduction grants through the OFBCI receive ongoing business development support from the University of Northampton – will continue as planned to October 2016.

The OFBCI was established in January 2014 to support, equip and enable organisations to identify local solutions to their community safety issues. In order to enhance the support available for such initiatives, Mr Mold has decided to remove the OFBCI structure, to reduce the amount spent on administration.

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, said:

“I’m committed to ensuring the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner is as efficient as possible and that we have the maximum amount of money available to go directly towards making Northamptonshire safer, which is why I have taken the decision to reduce the administration costs surrounding community safety.

“The Office for Faith Based and Community Initiatives has delivered some good work with a variety of different organisations over the past two years, and in order to build on this we need to reduce any unnecessary expense associated with such initiatives, which is why I have decided to remove the OFBCI structure.

“This will allow us to be more efficient and effective with the money we are allocating for tackling community safety in Northamptonshire and ensure we continue to support organisations that can be extremely productive at helping solve issues in the communities within which they are embedded.”

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