The amount of ‘Robin Hood’ money seized from criminals and handed back to the community has topped $10million.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General John Hyde today announced the sixth and latest round of the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program had been finalised.
“This latest round of grants will inject another $3.04million into programs and services to benefit the community,” Mr Hyde said.
“Set up in 2003, the grants program directs money and assets seized from criminals back into areas where they do the most good.
“These grants are awarded to non-profit groups or local councils to pay for support services and other help for victims of crime, to prevent or reduce drug-related crime, to aid law enforcement, and to boost community safety and crime prevention.
“Since the program started, a total of $10.7million has been distributed to 176 organisations throughout the State.
“In this latest round of funding, 45 organisations will share in $3.04million.”
Programs to benefit include an outreach service for at-risk young people in Mandurah, a womens’ centre for victims of domestic violence in the far north-west Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga, and a community safety officer for Kwinana.
A total of 25 applications from the metropolitan area and 20 from regional Western Australia were approved.
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