Derbyshire residents are being asked from today to give their views on Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ proposal to increase the police precept by two per cent – which would partly help to pay for continuing police officer recruitment.
At £3.30 per annum, this increase is less than a penny a day for a Band D property. The closing date for the three-question survey is Monday 20 January 2014.
“Due to the continual funding cuts that are being inflicted upon Derbyshire Police by the Government I need to increase the amount of council tax collected locally in order to maintain, as far as possible, the policing service provided to Derbyshire residents. I know that this is especially important around the numbers of Police Officers and PCSOs on our streets,” the Commissioner said. “Currently, the police precept part of the Council Tax amounts to £3.24 per week for a Band D property and I’d like to know whether the people who live in our county feel this is enough, too much or about right in terms of providing them with the police service that they want to receive.
“I am seeking the views of those whom I represent before I finalise the police precept for 2014-15 and present it to the Police and Crime Panel for consideration at the end of January.”
He explained: “We have seen a decade of crime reduction in Derbyshire, which is down to the hard work of Derbyshire Constabulary. This trend is now starting to turn and we are seeing an increase in crime, specifically the types of crimes prevalent in areas of social deprivation, such as shoplifting and burglary. We are also facing new challenges in cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and the needs of new communities – and the money we have available for fighting crime can only be stretched so far.
“This is why I am keen to consult with the public and try my best to reflect what they want me to do at this time of continuing cuts in government grants.”
The local police precept is the part of the Council Tax that goes to funding the police service, making Crime Reduction Grants and running the Commissioner’s Office. It amounts to about ten per cent of the whole Council Tax bill, currently costing a Band D property £166.96 a year.
Residents are also asked in the survey if they would like to receive the Commissioner’s electronic newsletter – a means of keeping up to date with his work on their behalf.
The survey is now available online at: http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Your-Views/Budget-Consultation-2014-15.aspx Alternatively, hard copies can be obtained from 0300 122 6000 or by writing to: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3RS
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Posted on Thursday 19th December 2013