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Crims Money Back To Local Communities: Good Idea?

GM Police Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, has a grand idea

Written by . Published on July 15th 2013.

Crims Money Back To Local Communities: Good Idea?

EVERY penny seized from criminals should be reinvested into local communities, says Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd. He's launched an e-petition (details below) to try and jolt the government into action. 

The ill-gotten gains of criminals should not belong to the state, but to the victims, witnesses and others who have suffered because of their criminality.

Tony Lloyd is backing a campaign launched by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson calling for police forces across England and Wales to be allowed to keep all the money they generate from seizing money and assets from criminals, to help fund local policing and community safety initiatives.

At the moment police and prosecutors have to give more than half the money raised under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to central government. 

Tony said: “The ill-gotten gains of criminals should not belong to the state, but to the victims, witnesses and others who have suffered because of their criminality. These individuals have caused misery in our communities so it’s only right and proper that every single penny goes back to those communities from where it came – not into Government coffers.” 

Greater Manchester Police has seized almost £7m in assets from criminals under POCA over the last 12 months.  Just over £1.2m has been given back to the police as part of the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme.

A portion of criminal gains have been reinvested back into the community to support worthy projects.

For example, in March GMP spent £100,000 of criminals’ money on the Lionheart Challenge, a project involving thousands of schoolchildren from 30 schools across Greater Manchester to help break down the barriers between children and police. Funding is also granted for community projects across Greater Manchester.

Swag Man - give it back to the folks he robbed

Swag Man - give it back to the folks he robbed

“This money is already being put to positive use in Greater Manchester, to help tackle crime, support victims and build safer communities,” adds Tony. “(But) allowing the police to keep all the cash seized from criminals would mean we could do much more good work in our communities.

"That’s why I’m calling on the people of Greater Manchester to join me in backing this campaign and signing the petition.” 

The more people that sign the petition, a better chance there is of triggering a debate in parliament.

Sign the petition here.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

G BergJuly 15th 2013.

So "community safety initiatives" will be speed cameras then?

LesJuly 15th 2013.

Does G Berg have something to fear from speed cameras?

1 Response: Reply To This...
G BergJuly 16th 2013.

Not at all Les, a well placed camera outside a school saves lives!

Nick MasseyJuly 16th 2013.

Forever Manchester fully supports this initiative ...but if we keep doing what we've always done we'll keep getting what we've always got - throwing money at schemes labelled community safety initiatives does little to get local people working together to find their own solutions. If this campaign is successful more thought is needed about how the funds could be used - Nick Massey

AnonymousJuly 26th 2013.

Far better to seize back the vast sums of public money trousered by highly paid Police and Crime Commissioners like Tony Lloyd and his newly appointed deputy - another city council crony who will pocket a lavish annual salary for doing next to nothing - and then reinvest it in genuine community initiatives. How many local schemes could be funded by the public money that we fork out for these hopeless Commissioners with their rapidly expanding empires.

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