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All PCCs receive an annual grant from the Ministry of Justice to commission free practical and emotional support helping victims cope and recover, whether they have reported it to the police or not.

The Commissioner’s Grant Scheme (CGS)

Preventing Burglary

Upper Tier Local Authority Councillors have access to financial support for reducing acquisitive crime.

The PCC is offering a 25% contribution to the We Don’t Buy Crime (WDBC) scheme increasing the reach across West Mercia. £87,710 has been made available from the PCC to invest in this initiative. WDBC towns and villages are where 70% of residential properties have marked their possessions with Smartwater (a water-based solution with a unique forensic code that shows up under UV light) WDBC signs are installed through the village/town warning potential offenders to prevent burglary. Traces of Smartwater found on offender, provides the evidence required for a successful prosecution. Registered Smartwater identified on stolen property increases the likelihood of it being returned to the owner.

£50,000 (match funding) – Worcestershire Community Foundation Community Fund

A joint funded project with Worcestershire Community Fund (total of £100K) to reach out to and engage a wide range of grassroots community organisations/groups, with an emphasis on encouraging applications from minority groups of all kinds. Applicants may be experiencing difficulties of many kinds within their communities and wish to set up positive initiatives to develop community cohesion or address early-stage crime prevention.

£1,200,000 (2023/24 until 2024/25 for North and South Worcestershire)

This funding has been ring-fenced for a project which will run in partnership between Worcestershire County Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia. It will seek to address the root causes of crime within targeted areas, improving life for communities within Worcestershire. Recognising that
Worcestershire in particular is complex due to the two-tier system of local government, £200,000 has been allocated for investment at a District level, to be facilitated through the two Community Safety Partnerships. This funding will be subject to matched “resource” to be provided by the District Councils.

Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Grants

Each CSP is provided with a ring-fenced budget from the PCC. This budget is spent on pro-active community safety initiatives, addressing local needs and creating a safer and more secure West Mercia.

Core funding £139,250 allocated as follows:

£20,000 – CSP Analysts

This will be provided by the Research & Intelligence Team of Worcestershire Council. This team support the Council and other partnerships with analytical support and have a wide range of skills and knowledge.

£1,000 – IOM

IOM and reducing reoffending are a long-established issue linked to expanding preventative measures, community safety would be greatly improved. The funding will be utilised to take up schemes such as the “Buddi-tag system” and the charitable Probation Care Trust who offer immediate, tailored support to offenders across West Mercia, to assist them in integrating back into the community and breaking the cycle of reoffending.

£5,412 – Hate Crime

To extend current funding until March 2024 which will deliver an engagement and awareness programme to increase public awareness of and confidence in reporting hate-related crimes and incidents. We will achieve this by targeting organisations that are closely related to those at higher risk of vulnerability or are community based to broaden our reach to those who might otherwise feel apprehension in reporting.

£2,000 – Crimestoppers

Funding contributes towards the salary of a Regional Manager who will deliver 3 anti-crime campaigns a year.

£38,889 – Dawn Project

Who deliver tailor-made crisis intervention, face to face support around domestic abuse including controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour.

£5,200 – Worcester Street Pastors

An inter-denominational church response to urban problems within the night-time economy, street pastor teams operating on Worcester’s city centre streets overnight Saturday into Sunday (generally 10pm until up to 4am).

Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF)

The PCC provides the safer neighbourhood teams and his community ambassadors with the autonomy to support local initiatives. A branch of this fund is for ‘safer roads’, whereby SNTs can apply for funding to prevent the harm caused by a road traffic collision in the areas they serve.

Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF)

Some examples include:

£2,500 for Redgate Sports Club

This project supports a wider project: Using sport to improve outcomes for children in Alternative Provision in Worcestershire

£2,000 – Worcestershire pride 2023

Funding towards event costs.

Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF) – Road Safety

Some examples include:


The funding will go towards the purchase of an updated solar powered vehicle activated sign in Charlton


Installation of VAS on A443 in Holt.

The above list of PCC funding initiatives is in addition to the West Mercia wide funded projects which are also available to the communities of South Worcestershire.