Anti-terrorism initiative included in 2015 City Council budget proposals

Clara Jane Hendrickson 29 January 2015

Cambridge City Council has launched a new anti-terrorism bid. The proposal is part of its proposed initiatives to make Cambridge a safer city, as it prepares to pass its 2015 Budget.

The Budget Setting Report includes a list of safety proposals, primarily interested in funding projects that will provide an improved police response to anti-social behaviour and hate crime.

The proposals also support the continued funding of the Community Safety Partnership, which serves as a forum for multiple agencies committed to tackling and prioritizing the most pressing safety concerns in Cambridge.

Four major projects to begin in 2015 have been outlined. The first seeks to improve police response to terrorism and extremism and their ensuing ideological challenges. Another proposal, labelled the 'White Ribbon Campaign', would fund prevention activities for men and boys to tackle behaviours that lead to violence against women.

“It is comforting to know that many of these proposals aim to tackle the behaviours that lead to violence and will work with local community agencies to decide which safety issues are most pressing,” said Liz Willcock, a third year student at Pembroke.

Other initiatives include the development of a close relationship with the city's Neighbourhood Resolution Panels to give low level offenders a voice in their punishment decisions. Another concerns the Abbey ward, one of Cambridge's most deprived areas, and the creation of a greater partnership with local police.

Despite budget cutbacks, Cambridge City Council plans to continue to make safety a primary issue and maintain its close work with area committees in order to identify current local safety concerns.

Last week, a Cambridge City Council press release proposed that £350,000 of the Council’s annual budget should be allocated to sustain safer community work with police, volunteers, and agencies.