Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council

Matthew Barber

£100,000 available for community and voluntary groups

The Police Property Act Fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

Last year over £140,000 was distributed to 40 different organisations to reduce re-offending and prevent cybercrime and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £100,000 in this grant round.

Applications have now closed and the applications will be judged against how they contribute towards the key aims in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.

Funding helps reduce reoffending in Oxfordshire

Funding awarded to an Oxfordshire not-for-profit organisation by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has helped to reduce re-offending in the county.

Aspire Oxford was given funding of £2500 from the Police Property Act Fund last year and they have since used it to support their ‘Through the Gate’ project. The project focuses on building links with employers and achieving employment for ex-offenders, which creates a sustainable way to break the cycle of re-offending.

During the funding period, Aspire Oxford has successfully engaged with employers in the area to encourage them to open up job opportunities to ex-offenders. They have also provided ex-offenders from Bullingdon and Spring Hill Prisons with ongoing mentoring and guidance to help with their transition back into mainstream society.

Aspire was one of 40 organisations to receive over £140,000 worth of funding from the Police Property Act Fund last year.

Do you know when to call 999 and 101?

Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101? Thames Valley Police receives more than 1.2m telephone calls a year! Almost a quarter are made to the 999 emergency number.

The force have devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services. Please take this short survey.

Tips for submitting your firearm/shotgun application

The time taken to turn around shotgun/firearms licence applications has improved hugely following significant delays. Customers are now able to receive text message alerts at various stages in the process from when the application is received, right through to certificates being granted.

Before submitting your application, it is worth beng aware of some common errors to ensure your forms are processed as quickly as possible.

Unsigned photo/old photos
Incorrect cheque payment/incorrect payee
Page one declaration unsigned and undated
Page seven declaration unsigned and undated
Part B (page one) medical information incomplete
Referee details incomplete.

Recruiting in the Thames Valley

As the largest non-metropolitan force, Thames Valley Police (TVP) covers a wide area across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The mix of urban and rural policing presents challenges and opportunities that are unique to Thames Valley Police.

TVP have exciting opportunities available for experienced police constables who have served with other Home Office forces to join a forward thinking, modern police force.

There is a wide range of development prospects at Thames Valley Police, whether promotional or lateral. The Force runs PC to sergeant promotion boards annually and offer an extensive range of training opportunities to our officers.

Whatever role you step into at Thames Valley Police, you can be confident you’ll be working with a professional team of people. We are committed to working together to ensure we deliver on our promises of making our communities safer and cutting crime.

For more information click here to visit the Thames Valley Police recruitment website.