Grassroots community projects set to benefit from police property sales

Published on: Monday, 22nd July 2019

More community organisations are set to benefit from funds recovered by the police from the sale of property which cannot be returned to its owners, it has been revealed.

Derbyshire's Police Property Act Fund - a fund created from the sale of items of property which have been seized by police through criminality or are lost or abandoned by their owners - amounts to £19,714 in 2018/19.

At a recent meeting of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa's Strategic Priorities Assurance Board (SPA), members agreed to donate £11,772 to Derbyshire Community Foundation.

This will be invested into an endowment fund with the interest earned allocated in small grants to local projects which benefit the community and help improve safety.

A further £1,000 will be donated to the Police Mutual Welfare Fund which supports the welfare of serving and retired police officers, staff and their families while the remainder will be retained for administration costs, maintenance and upkeep of stores and in the event of future claims.

The Police Property Act Fund is different to the Proceeds of Crime Act which involves the recovery through court of assets or money gained by criminals during the course of their criminal activity.

Items sold through the Property Act have not been subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act although they may still have been acquired through illegal activity.

Mr Dhindsa said: "Over the years this fund has provided vital support to voluntary and charitable projects which help keep our communities thriving and the money raised during 2018-19 will continue this important work.

"Reducing crime and antisocial behaviour is a top priority and I'm delighted this money will increase the availability of funding to support grassroots crime prevention work this year."

Mr Dhindsa is a trustee on Derbyshire Community Foundation's Grant Awards Panel and reviews applications for grants along with the organisation's trustees.

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