Local Partnership and Initiative Fund - Argyll and West Dunbartonshire
Police Scotland has announced a £325,000 fund to be spent in communities by local commanders.
The newly instigated Local Partnership and Initiative Fund is to be spent on community empowerment, inclusion and collaborative working.
It follows a commitment by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone to provide divisional commanders with discretionary funds and falls under the wider Local Policing Programme.
Deputy Chief Constable for Local Policing, Will Kerr said: “Local commanders and officers know their communities and partners, whether they are in local authorities, health, social work, the third or private sectors, best.
“Our Local Policing Programme will ensure that policing in Scotland is delivered with a focus on communities and reflects the different needs of urban, rural, island and remote community access across Scotland.
“This is an important recognition of Divisional Commanders’ autonomy to support activities and initiatives which they identify as able to improve the safety and wellbeing of their community.”
Mr Kerr added: “In line with our commitment to financial rigour and accountability, Divisions are to maintain a record of their use of the fund and report to the Local Policing Programme on a monthly basis.”
A pragmatic approach has been used to share the fund via the provision of a baseline of £15,000 per division, with a proportional split of the remaining monies based on officer distribution, demand and deprivation as reported in the 2016 Scottish Index of Multi-Deprivation (SIMD).
Argyll and West Dunbartonshire division will receive £20,023 from the fund.
Divisional Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, Chief Superintendent John Paterson, said: "The Local Partnership and Initiative Fund will help us support local prevention based activities that enhance the safety and wellbeing of communities.
"Over the coming weeks we will work with our partners including local authorities, health and social care to identify ways to invest this additional money in order to make a positive and lasting difference."