NEARLY £1 MILLION in police funding will help put more bobbies on the beat in Hastings and Rye, according to local MP Amber Rudd.
The new cash is from the new Early Intervention Youth Fund, an initiative set up by Amber whilst serving as Home Secretary.
Ms Bourne has secured £890,616 from the Fund to help steer local young people away from a life of crime and inject positive youth projects back into the communities.
Following the successful bid, Sussex Police will begin their biggest recruitment of officers in ten years.
Speaking after being hosted by Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Amber said:
“Young people living locally need the encouragement and support to make positive life choices.
“This funding will be of huge benefit to our community in identifying and protecting those most at risk of falling in with the ‘wrong crowd’.
“It was great to hear more about the Police & Crime Commissioner’s plans for the funding and how we can work together to deliver this for our towns.
“In my recent survey, it was clear that a number of residents were concerned at a lack of visible policing and I am glad that part of this funding is earmarked to address this concern.
“It seems fitting that something I set up while serving as Home Secretary will help us here in Hastings.
“I am pleased that our community will benefit from this funding initiative and I look forward to seeing the impacts locally.”
Ms Bourne applied for the funding from the Home Office with a model for how she would use this funding having worked closely with Amber.
This will be particularly welcome to residents in the Braybrooke area, who in a recent survey registered their belief that more visible policing would help to address local anti-social behaviour.
The cash will not only serve to address anti-social behaviour but will also provide a preventative measure, intervening to help young people to turn around their lives where necessary.
The funding will help to support ‘at risk’ youths and prevent them from being targeted by organised crime groups.
Notes to the Editor:
- Amber is pictured with Katy Bourne on London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea