The Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane has today had his recommendation to increase the council tax precept by £10 per year for a Band D property supported by the Police and Crime Panel.
The local council tax precept of £10 per year, equivalent to 83p per month for a Band D property will raise £7million of essential funding to enable a greater policing presence in local communities, make improvements to the handling of 999 and 101 calls, and to provide equipment and training for police officers.
The Police and Crime Commissioner put this recommendation forward to the Panel with strong support from the public with 74% of local residents who completed an online survey* giving their support for the increase, as well with support from the Chief Constable, UNISON and the chair of the Hampshire Police Federation.
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“Last year, with the support of the Police and Crime Panel and the support of the people of Hampshire for an increase in the precept, I promised, and I have now delivered, 210 new officers and 65 police investigators into Hampshire Constabulary. These are real people who are now actively working to keep you and your communities safer.
“This year the increase will enable Hampshire Constabulary to continue the journey begun last year to greater effectiveness and visibility of policing in our area. The funding will ensure we protect the new officers recruited last year whilst also recruiting an additional 156 police officers.
“I will be making a significant investment to improve public contact with the police enabling 999 and 101 calls to be handled more effectively, and investment in digital technology to fight crime which will allow police officers to spend more time in their local communities. This recognises what our communities want to see and it will keep our communities safer.”
Cllr Dave Stewart, Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, “I’m pleased the panel endorsed the funding for the PCC as this means the two counties of Hampshire and Isle of Wight will now see a substantial increase in police numbers. We recognise it’s an extra £10 per year on average on the precept but I don’t think residents will mind if they can see value for money and have a greater level of safety which will result from the increase in police numbers. We now need to see that greater service delivered