Kevin Hurley, the Surrey PCC has chosen to support specifically Runnymede-centric crime and anti-social reducing projects.
The first is the Runnymede Junior Citizen training because this has proven worth in keeping children safe and reducing anti-social behaviour [we teach not just the young peoples' rights but their responsibilities too]. What we taught in 2008 is still helping maintain low cime and ASB now!
Runnymede’s Junior Citizens will benefit from new and re-furbished kit and equipment to facilitate this vital trainng.
A further grant is to improve the evidence gathering capability of the Runnymede neighbourhood policing team.
Over the last 18 months Runnymede Police have seized over £12,500.00 in cash from criminals utilising POCA legislation, and have shut down 5 “Crack houses” using anti-social behaviour legislation (and have a further 1 in the process). Additional kit will help us fully evidence criminal lifestyles and how they spend their money obtained through criminality. It will also allow police to support Community Safety Partners such as Runnymede Borough Council with evidence to support their work within the legal system.
The Runnymede Police Community Boxing Club has also recieved an award.
This project was started by the Runnymede Neighbourhood Policing team and is now run by volunteers from the local community led by the amazing Colin Martin.
The boxing club which is located in the Boxing Inclusion Zone (BIZ) at the Runnymede Centre which has won numerous awards for its work with disadvantaged and disabled children. The club has been awarded two High Sheriffs awards, a Chief Constables Commendation, The Proctor and Gamble Gold award for work with disabled children and Surrey Youth awards.
The club is open five nights a week and Saturday mornings and always attracts large numbers of local youths who either want to box or use the facility to keep fit. There have been measurable benefits that the BIZ and the Runnymede Police Community Boxing Club have brought to the area. They have reduced youth crime and anti-social behaviour. In addition it has helped improve young people’s relationships with the police and healthy living.
The Runnymede Police Community Boxing Club currently hold three boxing events per year which helps raise the profile of the sport. These also allow local youths to compete in Olympic style boxing in front of their friends, family and peers with the support of the local policing team.
The award will improve sporting facilities allowing even more young folk to have the opportunity to enjoy amateur boxing which improves self-discipline and gives them a focus in life.
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