Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has used money recovered from the criminals to fund several projects helping vulnerable people and improve the criminal justice system.
The projects include those at risk of homelessness and problem gamblers, who could potentially be drawn into criminality.
The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund, set up by PCC David Lloyd, will use £150,000 of cash generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), to support projects which reduce offending and promote innovation in the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire, including in our courts, probation services and other areas.
Mr Lloyd said: “I’m passionate about improving the criminal justice system and setting up this fund puts money recovered from criminal activity back into the community to do good and help steer people away from criminal involvement.”
“The purpose of this fund is to enable new and innovative initiatives that will enhance criminal justice and community safety in Hertfordshire.
This is the first time money from the Commissioner’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fund has been awarded to bidders.
It helps to support the priorities of Hertfordshire’s Criminal Justice Board which aims to make the criminal justice system more efficient, drive greater innovation and support victims and witnesses of crime.
The fund is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector.
The next deadline for the fund is at the end of September and further details about the scheme is available at the PCC’s website http://www.hertscommissioner.org/cj-innovation-fund