Crime charity receives police grant of almost Â£50,000
People United Against Crime (PUAC) has been awarded Â£49,000 by the College of Policing to help police forces tackle business crime.
PUAC is the only crime prevention charity to be awarded this type of grant and joined a list of seven top universities and two police forces to receive grants totalling £496,000 to create local networks between police and academic partners.
The charity, which works throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region to reduce crime, strengthen local economies and support communities, will use the grant as a first step towards a national roll out of its innovative business crime reduction techniques.
The grant by the College of Policing – the first professional body for the service in England and Wales - will be used to create networks for evidence-based policing so that police methods and techniques for tackling crime can be tested, helping the service to become more efficient.
PUAC will work with the University of Huddersfield and police forces including South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside to develop suitable training materials for officers in those forces to tackle crime against businesses. Help is targeted at small and medium sized businesses offering guidance to help them resist cybercrime and ‘traditional’ physical crime types.
PUAC will create a model to help reduce business crime within the four force areas to meet the demands of different businesses, such as manufacturing and retail, depending on their location, such as rural settings or high streets.
College of Policing head of research, Rachel Tuffin, said,“As the home of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, the College of Policing wants to build links between police and academia so the way we go about policing is as efficient and effective as possible.
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