POCA Funds Benefit Local Charity

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are the latest group in the District to benefit from money returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). CVSRT Presentation Pic

The district’s Partnership Funding Team bought 10 specialist harnesses using money seized from criminals. The harnesses were presented to the Equipment Officer Richard Smith and Deputy Team Leader Jonathan Cole from CVRST at Halifax Police Station. 

Superintendent Vince Firth of Calderdale Police who presented the harnesses said; "We are delighted to be able to support Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team through money that has been taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This money is going directly back to support the wider community and the fantastic work the CVSRT do each and every day." 

"We regularly work closely with the team, their support is invaluable to us, particularly when searching for missing or potentially vulnerable people. The volunteers at CVSRT do a fantastic job in supporting the communities of Calderdale each and every day and helping to keep people safe." 

CVSRT Equipment Officer Richard Smith said; "Harnesses are an essential piece of personal safety equipment and integral to our rope systems. They provide protection to team members during rope rescues on steep ground and crags. As with all of our safety equipment, it must be replaced regularly which can be costly, so this generous donation is gratefully received and means our team members can continue to operate safely. CVSRT is a registered charity providing essential support to the statutory emergency services and is funded entirely through donations such as this." 


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