The proposed budget for policing Derbyshire in 2018/19 provides for an increase in police officers, and investment in new technology alongside a change programme designed to release more officers to frontline duties and reduce new and emerging crime risks.
The proposals will be discussed at Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Strategic Governance Board on Monday, 22 January.
The Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, describes the budget as ‘an investment in the future safety of Derbyshire’s communities’.
“This year’s budget enables us to strengthen the way in which police services are provided and modernise the way in which we deliver those services which will in turn increase the capacity to tackle areas considered to be a higher risk to public safety,” he said.
If agreed, the proposals will see the 2018/19 budget for policing Derbyshire set at £169.170M funded by the Government’s Police Grant (unchanged from the previous year), an increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing and a contribution from police reserves of £1.5M.
In December, revealing details of the police funding settlement, policing minister Nick Hurd announced that the Government was providing ‘flexibility to PCCs in England to increase their Band D precept by up to £12 in 2018/19’.
Hardyal Dhindsa said today: “I’m very disappointed that the government has not increased the amount of funding provided by the police grant, opting instead to place the onus on police and crime commissioners to ask local people for financial support for policing.
“To find out what local residents felt about this I launched a survey asking people whether or not they were willing to increase the amount of council tax they pay towards policing by £12 a year.
“I’m immensely grateful to the 1,229 respondents who took the time to respond, of which 71.6% said they are willing to pay an additional £12 or more a year towards policing and while I would prefer to see the money raised coming directly from the government, it will raise vital funds.
“Without the additional, and very welcome, £4.4M the increase will provide, the money to strengthen the services delivered in a sustainable fashion simply would not be available.
“Therefore, in line with the Government’s approach, I am proposing a budget which will enable the Chief Constable to put resources into key areas such as child sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic abuse, sexual violence, modern slavery, online vulnerability and internet enabled fraud. Neighbourhood policing can be protected. We can invest in new technology to make the constabulary more efficient in the way it delivers services.
“It is regrettable that the increase is derived predominantly from local people. It is disappointing that there is no firm date for a review of the funding formula. But this budget will help us to protect policing and maintain Derbyshire’s rightly earned reputation as a safe place to live, work and visit.”
The Commissioner explained that he had agreed to contribute £1.5M from reserves to protect the financial position still further and planned to continue his calls for increased funding from the government.
The final proposals, including the level of council tax paid towards policing, known as the policing precept, will be presented to a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel meeting on Thursday, 25 January for its in-depth scrutiny and ultimate sanction of the precept increase.
If agreed, it means that the annual amount of council tax paid by a Band D (the average) household towards policing in 2018/19 will increase from the £180.60 paid in 2017/18 to £192.60, an increase of £12 per annum (6.6%).
The full report on the budget proposals for 2018/19 can be found at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events-Meetings/Meeting-Information/Strategic-Governance-Board-Schedule-of-Meetings-2018.aspx
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The Strategic Governance Board is open to the public. Starting at 2pm, the meeting takes place at Police HQ, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS – members of the public are advised to allow time to complete the sign-in process for security purposes.
A maximum of 30 minutes is allocated for public questions at the start of the meeting but if this amount of time is unnecessary the remaining agenda items will be taken.
Members of the public can ask a question in person at the meeting. However, they can also do this remotely, via Twitter or email. Followers of @DerbysPCC and @DerbysPolice can tweet their questions by using #askSGB in the text of the question. Alternatively questions can be submitted in advance via email to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted on Friday 19th January 2018