Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has published her budget proposals for policing Derbyshire in 2022-23 to enable the strong local policing focus that the public have asked for.
This budget is designed to provide the Chief Constable with the resources needed to deliver the improvements people expect and deserve. The Commissioner has made it clear that she will scrutinise progress very closely to ensure investment in frontline policing and value for money.
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
The Commissioner’s proposed budget has been set at £212.26m for 2022-23. This 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.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “My Police and Crime Plan has set the agenda for policing Derby and Derbyshire. It is based entirely on local residents’ views. They, 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.
“The small increase in the police precept is essential to these improvements, which is why I welcome the opportunity provided by the Government to put local priorities front and centre of service delivery. I have made it clear that locally raised funding will be invested in meeting local priorities.
“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 now be trained in crime prevention. We will benefit from covert vehicles strengthening the road 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. It will not only help create a safer city, but also safer towns and villages throughout Derbyshire, where communities can flourish and businesses can grow and prosper.”
In accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, the Commissioner will now present her budget to the Police and Crime Panel at a meeting due to take place on Thursday, January 27th.
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 (incl covert vehicles)
- 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
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