Local Crime Prevention Panel Benefits from Commissioner Funding

17th October 2013

The Commissioner has donated £1000 to support projects identified by the Panels. The Panels comprise of voluntary members who are committed to supporting their local community by raising awareness of what steps they can take to prevent crime and protect themselves and their property from criminal intent. They are supported by local police officers who are able to provide information to focus on particular areas - whether that be geographically or in the sense of criminal activity.

The Panel met Mr Johnston at the Elim Baptist Church Pontllanfraith to discuss their future work programme and how this can be supported by the Commissioner's Office. The Panel is keen to get more young people involved in their crime prevention work and this is something that the OPCC will assist with.
Mr Johnston said:

"Crime Prevention Panels represent community partnership working at its most effective. They are able to utilise local help and use their own funds to provide the most appropriate solutions to local problems. Their efforts have a direct and positive impact on the local community and for that we, as well as local residents, are grateful for their hard work and dedication."

Blackwood & District Crime Prevention Panel vice chair Brian Wilkins said; "We are grateful that the Commissioner acknowledges our efforts in this way. We have always worked closely with local police, as well as with residents through OWL (Online Watch Link) and by attending public events.

"Mr Johnston can be well assured that every penny donated will be put to careful, but effective use."