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PCC praises Neighbourhood Watch and confirms £5,000 of funding

June 22, 2018
: Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe (centre) is pictured, from left, with Chris Cade, chair of Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and vice-chair of Rugby Borough NHW; Colin Cartright from North Warwickshire NHW Association; Neil Cavanagh, chair of Nuneaton North East NHW Association; and Tony Hardman from North Warwickshire NHW Association.

: Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe (centre) is pictured, from left, with Chris Cade, chair of Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and vice-chair of Rugby Borough NHW; Colin Cartright from North Warwickshire NHW Association; Neil Cavanagh, chair of Nuneaton North East NHW Association; and Tony Hardman from North Warwickshire NHW Association.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has used National Neighbourhood Watch Week (June 16-24) to reconfirm his commitment to the voluntary movement and announce more than £5,000 of funding for local schemes.

Praising Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) as a vital way for communities to work closely together to assist the police in detecting and deterring crime, Mr Seccombe says he is keen to encourage Watch Schemes to continue to grow and prosper across the county.

As part of the Commissioner’s Grants Scheme, three county groups are set to benefit from a total of £5,055 during 2018-19.

North Warwickshire NHW Association is receiving £2,205 to enable the delivery of local projects to raise awareness of crime prevention and increase engagement on community safety matters. The Commissioner recently joined the NHW team on its stand at the Coleshill Big Day Out, which saw hundreds of members of the public receive crime prevention advice.

Elsewhere, Nuneaton North East NHW Association receives £1,000 to fund the printing of its quarterly newsletters.

Meanwhile, Rugby Borough NHW is receiving a grant of £1,850 to support its core funding.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this funding during National Neighbourhood Watch Week.  The work that these groups do is invaluable, so it was an easy decision to support them with funding when their applications came in for my grants scheme.

“Overall, Warwickshire has a great deal of dedicated volunteers helping to make Neighbourhood Watch schemes a success.  I’m strongly supportive of all our watch schemes, as they are a great way to bring communities together to make a positive contribution to crime reduction, as well as providing valuable additional eyes and ears for the police when they are investigating crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft.

“I’m keen to encourage the development of new schemes and the use of new technology to help enable people to easily share information.  Warwickshire already has a number of innovative schemes, such as Nuneaton & Bedworth NHWA’s online ‘DISC’ portal and also the popular Whitestone Neighbourhood Facebook group, which has grown rapidly in the past year and is proving really helpful in bringing the work of Neighbourhood Watch to a new audience of local people.”

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Warwickshire, visit: http://warwickshirenwa.ourwatch.org.uk/

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