Wakefield Area Business Against Crime have been awarded funding for a community radio scheme by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Safer Communities Fund. Steve Hunt (Secretary and Coordinator) and John Burke-Tomlinson (Treasurer) attended the Awards ceremony on Thursday evening 26th November at Wakefield District Police Headquarters Normanton to accept a £5,000 cheque for WABAC. from the PCC Mark Burns-Williamson. WABAC were one of 35 West Yorkshire based organisations at the event receiving an award from the PCC Safer Communities Fund that has now redistributed over £1 million back to community organisations involved in crime reduction.
The funds will enable WABAC to buy and lease a stock of CCTV linked radios for use by community organisations and volunteers at a reduced rate within the Wakefield centre. The funding allows WABAC to offer these groups a radio service and creates greater surveillance, improves reporting, reducing the opportunities for crime and offers valuable reassurance to the volunteers and charitable organisations.
Steve Hunt, Coordinator of WABAC, said " We are very proud to receive this award and it will do a lot of good for our scheme. Previously we have offered this service only to businesses who can afford it but this funding allows us to provide a reduced radio subscription to community and charitable groups and opens up our CCTV link radio scheme to a wider section of the community including volunteers and will prevent and deter crime around the Wakefield centre"