The foundation will provide Londoners with information,
funding and support, to help them develop innovative crime reduction
charity aims to work at street level providing the interface between
communities and local neighbourhood police. Initial funding and
support for the foundation has been provided by Atos Origin, KPMG LLP
(UK), the Metropolitan Police Authority, Metropolitan Police Service
and Rentokil Initial.
Chief executive officer of the new charity, Tony Shepherd, said:
'This is the first charity of its kind and will bring together local
people, police and businesses. Working together with community groups
and the Safer Neighbourhood police teams we can empower local people
to provide innovative crime reduction projects and create safer
'This new style of partnership working in London could successfully
be replicated in other towns and cities nationwide.'
The first two projects to benefit from the Safer London Foundation
Youth Entertainment Sound System project
Based in north London, the programme diverts young people away from
crime by giving them confidence, self empowerment and opportunities
through entertainment and performing arts. The project will benefit
from a volunteer mentor and volunteer support as well as£5,500
funding for a musical showcase at the Tottenham festival.
Don't Trigger Campaign
Using urban music and unsigned artists, working in partnership with
Mothers Against Guns, the campaign works with young people to
challenge gun culture. Safer London Foundation is providing an
interest free loan of£20,000 to help production of the project's new
anti-gun crime CD due to be released on the 25 July 2005.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Ian Blair said: 'As far as the
MPS is concerned, one of the main priorities is developing best
practice in identifying local community priorities and equipping
officers with the skills to help communities make choices about those
Toby Harris, member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the
authority's trustee on the Safer London Foundation board said:
'The Metropolitan Police Authority was instrumental in setting up the
Safer London Foundation and has committed initial funding over two
years. The authority gives its wholehearted support to the charity
ands its aims to mobilise resources and encourage initiatives that
will help create communities for the future.
'The MPA is determined to increase the opportunities for community
engagement and participation in neighbourhood safety and policing
across London and we are convinced the Safer London Foundation will
play a vital part in this.'