Lancashire police have been given an extra £2.2m to carry out an early intervention programme to fight crime and protect vulnerable people across the county.
Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw and Lancashire Constabulary submitted a joint bid for funding from the Home Office earlier this year.
Securing this vital funding from the Home Office means that we can push forward with delivering early intervention to children, families and adults across the whole county together with our partner agencies.Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates
The successful bid enables the force to work with other agencies to develop a wide range of initiatives – some of which are already in place.
Mr Grunshaw said today: “I am delighted that the Home Office has awarded this funding so we can further develop our approach to early action to tackle major issues right across Lancashire.
“My Police and Crime plan priorities included tackling crime and re-offending and protecting vulnerable people and this bid will form a key part of that delivery.”
The initiative will be supported by other agencies such as councils, health partners, the North West Ambulance Service and charities across Lancashire.
It aims to mobilise communities into helping prevent crime and support initiatives to stop re-offending.
The multi-agency approach means that a key case worker will be appointed for each person identified at risk.
Additional actions include:
• Mental health staff will be deployed within the Constabulary’s contact centre providing vital support at key times.
• Exploring the use of GPS technology to help keep track of vulnerable people suffering from dementia
• Extra ambulance workers in each Early Action team.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “Securing this vital funding from the Home Office means that we can push forward with delivering early intervention to children, families and adults across the whole county together with our partner agencies.
“Early action is all about preventing problems, rather than responding to them and ensuring that individuals and families receive the most appropriate, quality support at the earliest point possible.”
Mr Bates said part of the aim was to give some individuals they help they needed – removing the burden on emergency services and A and E departments.
The cash was handed out as part of the Police Innovation Fund.