Active Citizens Fund
The Active Citizens Fund is made up of money that has been seized from criminals and is now available to communities to contribute to reducing crime and improving community safety.
This year (2019/20) the fund has £710,734 in 2019/20 which will be allocated to groups from Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Solihull.
The current focus is for local groups and communities in the West Midlands who actively establish and lead projects that will make a positive difference in reducing youth crime and/ or knife crime.
Successful bids will have to be signed off by both the chief superintendent from each neighbourhood policing unit (NPU) and the chief executive from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
To understand more about the Active Citizens Funding criteria and find out how to apply, visit the Active Citizens Fund page on the OPCC website.
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Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a volunteer list and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.
Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website. The neighbourhood policing team can look at the website before the patrols take place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they should report it to the police but not get involved.
Members of Street Watch must be 18 years or older.
If you would like to register your interest to participate in Street Watch please email Streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest community crime prevention initiatives. It is not run by the police, but has dedicated members of staff working with it.
Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its community. Members of the public and their neighbours come together to make their area a safe and pleasant place to live.
Groups decide what measures to take because they know what their community needs best. Local groups also draw on support from police, local authorities, fire and rescue services, the voluntary sector and other volunteers.
If you would like to start your own neighbourhood watch group up, please email us.
Independent Advisory Group (IAG)
An Independent Advisory Group (IAG) is a self-governing group made up of people from local communities who provide independent advice to the police.
Groups reflect the make-up of our communities and members have a connection with a particular community or communities and an understanding of the issues relevant to them.
Membership of the group is on a voluntary basis. IAGs cover a geographical area and only policing matters within the policing area will be discussed.
To find out more about an IAG in your area, please call 101 and ask to speak to the Consultation and Engagement Officer for your area.