PCC allocates council tax increase into policing, with unanimous support from the Police and Crime Panel
29 January 2021
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, has today gained unanimous support from the Police and Crime Panel to increase the police precept of the council tax by £15 per annum (based on band D properties) to support policing to keep local residents and our communities safer.
The increase will raise an additional £10m for Hampshire Constabulary in 2021/22 and will enable the recruitment of more police officers, to investigate more crimes and make more arrests across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The Police and Crime Commissioner presented his intention to increase the police precept to the Police and Crime Panel today, following significant support from local residents and a compelling operational case from the Chief Constable that the increased funds would enable the force to ‘take the fight to criminals and enable better justice for victims’.
Reaction from the Police and Crime Commissioner
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, commented on the meeting and the increase, “The last year is not a year any of us would have wanted and the challenges are not over yet. The pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty and financial strain for so many people, I had to be strongly convinced that it is the right thing to do to increase the police precept at all.
“Policing has continued to be under significant pressure over the last year, with increased responsibility to enforce the coronavirus restrictions and while some crimes have reduced with more people at home there has been an increase in other crimes like domestic and sexual abuse. The Chief Constable set out a compelling operational case to me for an increase that would enable the continued policing effort to enforce the restrictions, and to look ahead to the rest of the year and beyond to investigate more crimes and make more arrests.
“Through my consultation I heard from over 8,000 local residents who also supported an increase to support policing. This is good news for all residents, as it will keep our communities safer, it is good news for the victims of crime who we can continue to support, and it is good news for policing who will have increased resources to enable them to pursue those who wish us harm. I would like to thank the Panel for responding positively to the compelling evidence.
“I promised on day one I would do all I could to make people safer from the first day to the last day that I have the privilege and responsibility of holding this role. I firmly believe the police precept increase this year will keep local residents and our communities safer now and into the future, delivering to the promises I have made.”
Benefits of the increase
An increase of £15 per annum (based on Band D properties) will enable the Constabulary to respond more fully to our communities, including capacity to:
- Investigation of up to 26,000 more crimes
- Maintaining PCSO numbers
- The pursuit of 300 more of the most dangerous criminals, with a focus on serious violence and drug related harm
- Reduce offending by a further 1000 crimes
- Safeguarding an additional 12,000 vulnerable people, including 240 more high risk children
- Enable targeted support for rural initiatives
- More new officers recruited sooner
- Provide infrastructure and support to the Uplift programme and continuation of delivery of policing services on a sustainable basis
- Target increased support to tackle rural crime
- Better justice for victims
Chief Constable reacts
Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I welcome this public show of support for policing from our Police and Crime Panel. At a time when people are facing very real economic pressures it is right that different views about public spending are aired and debated in this way.
“As chief constable, I have made clear that this budget is crucial for my officers and staff because it unlocks the opportunity to take the fight to criminals. I would also like to thank the public for their support, and the Police and Crime Commissioner and his team for responding so positively and proactively in support of the operational policing case. This will help us to achieve even safer communities.”