A NEW scheme is being launched to hit villains in the pocket - with £6,000 up for grabs for community groups in Denbighshire.
Money seized from criminals will be used to create a pot of money available to organisations which help tackle anti-social behaviour and combat crime and disorder.
Following a successful trial last year, the scheme is being set up by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).
A total of £42,000 will be available - with £3,000 apiece for two groups in each county and £6,000 for a group that operates across North Wales.
The Your Community, Your Choice initiative - otherwise known as the Participatory Budgeting Scheme - is being partly funded by the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, using cash confiscated from offenders with the rest coming from the Police Commissioner.
Community groups are being urged to apply between September 8 and October 10 using a form on the websites of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police.
A shortlist of applicants will be chosen by a special panel and from November 1 members of the public will decide which groups to support with a vote via the two websites and a dedicated email address.
Mr Roddick said: “This scheme is vitally important. It’s a first class scheme which brings the police and the community closer together.
“It gives an opportunity for the community to decide how they would like to see the funds we’ve extracted from criminals spent in their community.
“It also sends a very good message that crime does not pay and the ill-gotten gains of criminals are going back into the the communities from which the money was taken.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki said: “I think the value of a scheme like this is it allows members of the public and local organisations right in the heart of communities to bid into a fund and to be part of the solutions to crime and disorder in their area.
The opening date is September 8 and completed applications must be returned via email to email@example.com by the closing date at 5pm on October 10. For more information ring 01745 588516.