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Policing Budget

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s 2021/22 overall budget of £387m is made up of 59% funding from national Government grant and 41% from local council tax.

Last year local support of an increase in the policing element of the council tax helped to make residents safer by funding more call handlers to answer 999 and 101 calls, the recruitment of more police officers and support of CountryWatch to tackle rural crime. This was all underpinned with an investment in police officer wellbeing, resulting in improved productivity with more officers available to keep our communities safer.

During this financial year, the increase is providing more than £10 million additional funding for policing.

The Chief Constable determines the operational deployment of police officers in your local communities to tackle and reduce crime, and the additional money will enable the Constabulary to respond more fully to our communities, including capacity to:

  • Investigate up to 26,000 more crimes this year
  • Arrest 300 more of the most dangerous criminals
  • Reduce 1000 crimes a year, through prevention and youth diversion
  • Safeguard an additional 12,000 vulnerable people
  • Target increased support to tackle rural crime
  • Continue investment in wellbeing to sustain officers at the frontline

Find out how much money from your council tax band supports the police and how the policing portion of your council tax is set.

If the Commissioner is permitted by Government to increase the council tax again in 2021/22, would you be willing to pay more?
Where would you like to see police funding and resources allocated? (Select 3)

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