Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster’s budget for 2022-23, designed to deliver the strong local policing the public have asked for, has been agreed.
The Commissioner’s budget provides the Chief Constable Rachel Swann with the resources she needs to deliver the improvements local people want to see.
The priorities against which Derbyshire Constabulary is expected to deliver are:
- More police officers
- Improved road safety
- A reduction in burglary and ASB
- Improvement to 101 and 999 services
- A more robust response to rural crime
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “This budget supports my Police and Crime Plan, which is based on the views of local residents, and has set a new agenda for policing Derby and Derbyshire. The public, like me, want to see strong local policing across every neighbourhood in the county. My budget has been developed to provide the Chief Constable with the resources to deliver on that expectation.
“I welcome the opportunity provided by the Government to put local priorities front and centre of service delivery. Locally raised funding will be invested in meeting local priorities. I will scrutinise progress very closely to ensure that this investment in frontline policing delivers value for money for the taxpayer.
“My budget will help boost police officer numbers, put additional resources into improving road safety; drive reductions in burglary and anti-social behaviour; provide a more robust policing response for rural communities; and enable investment to improve the 101 and 999 call handling response.
“Amongst other service improvements, I expect to see a strong response to tackling knife crime and safeguarding women and girls. There will be anti-social behaviour co-ordinators, PCSO recruitment will continue and they will be given training in crime prevention. We will benefit from investment in the Roads Policing Unit and communities will see new or improved neighbourhood bases.
“My Police and Crime Plan is designed to secure the strong local policing we all want to see in Derbyshire and highlights the improvements that are required to achieve this. Investing in our police force will help to continue the fight against crime and bring more criminals to justice.”
The budget, set at £212.26m for the coming financial year, includes a 4.1% increase in the portion of the council tax that goes towards policing (the police precept). This equates to 19p a week (£10 per annum) for a Band D (the average) property. The majority of properties in Derby City and Derbyshire are rated lower than a Band D and therefore will pay less than 19p per week.
The amount of Council Tax that goes towards policing is approximately 10% of the overall bill.
The amount of council tax per household that will go towards policing Derbyshire by property Band.
|Council Tax Bandings|
The budget will support:
- More police officers in communities (100 additional officers planned for this financial year)
- A reduction in burglary and anti-social behaviour (incl ASB co-ordinators)
- Improved road safety across Derbyshire
- Improvements to 101 and 999 call handling
- 100 more officers trained to use Tasers
- Efficiency savings to reinvest in frontline policing and community safety
- A robust response to rural crime and crime in rural areas
- Increased work to drive down knife crime
- Additional night-time patrols, a stalking co-ordinator and a focus on offender management to tackle violence against women and girls
- Recruitment of PCSOs with increased crime prevention training
- Strong Neighbourhood Policing Teams covering the whole county
- Better support for victims
- Increased capacity to protect vulnerable and missing persons
Further financial information on the budget can be found here PAM-Final-Papers.pdf (derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk)
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