Cash for crime fight

Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is to receive a funding boost from the County Council to enable them to respond to local community safety issues more effectively.

The Council has allocated £14,500 for the association which acts as an umbrella organisation to support the ever-growing number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the county.

The association offers up to date advice to local neighbourhood watch groups and works closely with the County Council, the Police, and district and borough councils to raise awareness on community safety issues in the county.

They also work to encourage more people to get involved in their local scheme or set up a group where one does not exist.

The grant will fund the training 160 members on how to run a scheme, community safety techniques and personal safety, along with the setting up of an interactive website which will enable new groups to register online.

It will also fund two planned conferences for 2012 and 2013 to recognise the achievements made by the 30,000 volunteers involved in neighbourhood schemes across the county.

Councillor Mick Murphy, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, said: “Neighbourhood watch schemes put the local people at the centre of combating crime and anti-social behaviour and are invaluable sources of information on criminal activity for the Police and other agencies.

“This investment will increase volunteers’ ability to respond effectively to community safety issues in their area and will help make it easier for people wanting to start up a scheme in their neighbourhood.”

Alan Booth MBE, Chair of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “We are proud to work alongside our partners, the Police and Nottinghamshire County Council, particularly their Localism and Partnership teams and Library Services who are at the forefront in helping and guiding our communities.”