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...partnerships and community working
The Blue Lamp Trust is a charitable partnership between Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, local businesses and the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The aims of the Trust are to reduce crime and the fear of crime within homes and businesses, to promote improved driving standards and road safety and educate on all aspects of fire safety and fire prevention.
Businesses within Hampshire will be invited to join the Blue Lamp Trust by making a charitable donation. There are three possible membership packages;
In return for their donation, businesses will receive various benefits including involvement in a driver awareness scheme, which is currently used to improve the skills of those who have been involved in minor speeding offences. Additionally, they could utilise driver training sessions with experienced police trainers, either on the road, or, in a simulator.
It is estimated that business drivers represent around 25% of all road users, however they make up 33% of those involved in accidents, so the advanced training for drivers will help businesses to secure the safety of their workforce.
Community grants are another option for pledges, where a donation of up to £5,000 will be match funded by the Blue Lamp Trust in order to support community projects that improve the quality of life for local residents and communities.
One of the main functions of the Trust will be to fund the Bobby Trust. This is a service that has been in existence for 12 years, employing two people to provide reassurance and security for victims of crime by fitting features such as door and window locks, burglar alarms and fire alarms.