South Yorkshire PCC Sees Benefits of Safer Streets Funding

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Dr Alan Billings, has visited a Barnsley park to see the impacts of Safer Streets funding on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

A mobile CCTV van has been part-funded by a grant from the PCC’s office, awarded from the government’s Safer Streets fund.

Dr Billings in the back of a CCTV van with a Barnsley neighbourhood warden Safer Streets allocates money across the country to tackle neighbourhood crime, violence against women and girls (VAWG) and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Dr Billings visited Wombwell Park, which has benefited from improved lighting and CCTV as part of the funding.

Following the visit, Dr Billings said: “Ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities is a top priority. The deployment of this CCTV van is a proactive step in addressing concerns related to crime and anti-social behaviour across Barnsley. I am pleased to hear of the positive impact it has had in a short period.

“I offer my thanks to the analysts at South Yorkshire Police, who were instrumental in working to provide the data as part of my office’s application for the Safer Streets funding and also to my commissioning team for their work in securing the successful bid.”

As well as monitoring the immediate area, technology in the CCTV van allows neighbourhood wardens to access cameras in other parts of the city to help build a fuller picture.