22 March 2013 PCC supports the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards The Police and Crime Commissioner has sponsored the Community Safety and Crime Prevention category of this year’s East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards. The Community Safety and Crime Prevention award aims to recognise individuals, groups and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to community safety and crime prevention within Suffolk. Participation is open to any project or initiative that helps to reduce crime, and the fear of crime, in our communities. Entries are encouraged from across the community, for example, local authorities, educational institutions, community groups, sports clubs, youth organisations, the business community, parish councils, public transport operators, voluntary organisations and groups. In particular the judges will be looking for evidence of projects that meet some or all of the following challenges: reducing crime and the fear of crime, the rehabilitation of offenders, applications of technology for crime solving and detection, safer driving practices amongst young drivers, dealing with alcohol and drugs/night-time and visitor economy, and business crime, such as cyber, fraud and e-crime. Tim Passmore said, “I have chosen to support the Community Safety category at this year’s awards to highlight the good work being carried out across the county to support community safety and crime prevention. “As Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk I am working with the Constabulary to deliver policing that positively contributes to our local economy which in turn encourages investment in Suffolk. I believe we all have a part to play in making Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest. I am committed to supporting the Suffolk business community and by sponsoring this award I am hoping to engage with that community to encourage businesses to play their part. “I am looking forward to recognising the achievements of an individual, group or business that has made an outstanding contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Suffolk.” Tim is looking for projects that reduce crime and the fear of crime; projects that contribute to the overall feeling of well-being in Suffolk. “I hope the entries will reflect the challenges that organisations are overcoming to support community safety and highlight the innovative way that crime is being tackled in the county. “Business crime can have a devastating effect on the economy; it affects profitability and deters investment. What I will be looking for, as I select the finalists for this category, is evidence of innovative and creative solutions that have been created to meet the challenges that organisations face in the fight against crime. It could be a project or initiative which deals with alcohol or drugs, or the introduction of technology for crime solving and detection; something aimed at young people to make them safer drivers or the rehabilitation of offenders, to prevent reoffending. “What I would like see is innovation in community safety and crime prevention which can be promoted as an example of good practice to make a real difference to how we fight business crime in the county.” Please look at www.eadtbusinessawards.co.uk for fuller detail.