"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. I am keen to hear what you think so that my decisions take
your views into account."
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is formally seeking the views of residents before he finalises his police precept for 2014-15 and presents it to the Police and Crime Panel for consideration at the end of January 2014.
He is responsible for setting the budget for Derbyshire Police. He also sets the local "police precept" - that is the part of Council Tax that goes to funding the police service, making Crime Reduction Grants and running the Commissioner’s office. This is about 10% of the whole Council Tax bill, and for a band D property, is currently £166.95 a year.
The Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan outlines the policing objectives for Derbyshire. Coupled with the results of public consultations throughout the year and an annual Risk and Threat process, resources are allocated to areas of greatest need.
Whilst the public of Derbyshire has seen 10 years of crime reduction, new challenges are emerging, in particular around cyber crime, child sexual exploitation and the needs of new communities.
However, in order to meet these challenges and continue to recruit police officers, Derbyshire Constabulary is having to plan on the basis of continuing cuts in government grant. Reductions in government grant since the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010 amount to £19m and a further £10m is anticipated for 2014-15.
Given the service pressures being faced by the police, the Commissioner is interested in your answers to the three questions below.
There is also a free form box for any comments you may like to make and an invitation to receive the Commissioner’s electronic newsletter.
The closing date for responses is MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2014.