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FIGHTING CRIME DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A BATTLE - SAYS NEW CHARITY

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The Safer London Foundation is a unique charity launched today which will bring together Londoners, the Metropolita...
The Safer London Foundation is a unique charity launched today which will bring together Londoners, the Metropolitan Police and businesses, to help make London's neighbourhoods safer.

The foundation will provide Londoners with information,

funding and support, to help them develop innovative crime reduction

projects tailored for the needs of their specific community. The

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

neighbourhoods.

'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

support are:

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

priorities.'

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.'

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