Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced funding worth in the region of £440k to make a positive difference in our communities by tackling crime and the fear of crime.
The funding from the Department of Justice interim Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) will go to 73 schemes across Northern Ireland. The ARCS budget is derived from confiscation orders made by the courts against convicted criminals.
Naomi Long said: “The ARCS initiative is a positive way of investing in our people and communities to help reduce crime and the fear of crime by supporting projects for the benefit of victims, communities and the environment.
“The projects supported in this round of funding tackle a wide range of issues, such as domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour reducing reoffending, supporting vulnerable individuals, modern slavery and human trafficking. This money will make a real difference in supporting people who want to work for the good of their community. Collectively, this will help us build a safer community where we respect the law and each other.
“The support available through this scheme is the result of the successful prosecution and convictions of criminals. Recovering the proceeds of crime and reinvesting these funds, including into those communities most acutely impacted by serious organised criminality, sends a powerful message that crime does not pay.
“I commend the work of law enforcement partners in identifying and removing criminal assets. Organised crime can affect individuals, communities and businesses. We can all play a part in tackling this and, as a result, help make our communities safer. I would encourage anyone with any concerns to call the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Notes to editors:
1. Further details about the funding allocations is available at the publication section of this website
2. Recovering criminal assets is an important focus for the partners of the Organised Crime Task Force. 50% of receipts from paid criminal confiscation orders goes into the ARCS budget, the other 50% continues to be distributed to agencies responsible for the recovery of the assets.
3. Applications were invited for innovative and transformational justice initiatives, for short-term projects over the 2021/22 period.
4. 73 projects have been offered a total of approximately £440k funding, for services to be delivered in the period up to 31 March 2022.
5. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours, please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110
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