The proceeds of crime could provide unexpected bounty for city voluntary and community groups. The proceeds of crime could provide unexpected bounty for city voluntary and community groups.
But the windfalls will be perfectly legal – and even have the blessing of the Chief Constable Sara Thornton.
She, together with local crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, manages the Police Property Act Fund.
This is made up of cash recovered by the police from criminals and proceeds from the sale of stolen items that cannot be returned to identified owners.
This year the fund is expected to top £200,000.
Now bids are invited from groups whose work contributes towards reducing crime or supports police objectives.
The closing date for applications is Sunday June 22. Details are available on www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk.
Ms Thornton said: “Many volunteers groups and charities contribute to the quality of life in the Thames Valley.
“As a police force we have supported many of these groups over the years and this year we are inviting applications from organisations so that we can ensure that the funds go to where they are needed.”