Surrey Police scheme gives criminals' cash to community

Assets confiscated from criminals are helping community groups in Surrey in the fight against crime.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), police are able to sell some of the assets seized from criminals.

Organisations can apply to Surrey Police for funding for projects to reduce crime, fear of crime or to help combat anti-social behaviour.

Det Insp Jo Hayes said the scheme was "taking the cash out of crime and giving it back to local communities".

Applications can be made by any Surrey-based organisation.

Surrey Police's new POCA Panel will sit twice a year to consider funding bids, awarding grants to successful organisations of between £300 and £5,000.

Ms Hayes said: "Applications from projects concerned with tackling anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol-related crime and promoting a sense of confidence and satisfaction within the local community are particularly welcome."

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