Funding for policing and services to support victims and reduce offending is made up of a national grant from Government, which accounts for two-thirds of the total, and the money you pay through your council tax – which accounts for the other third.
The Commissioner sets how much local residents contribute via the council tax.
The Commissioner will also determine how the funding he receives is allocated between policing and wider prevention and intervention work. This year over 98% of the funding has been allocated to policing. The remainder is used to fund work that supports victims, reduces offending and protects the vulnerable, and enabling the police focus on their core role – investigating and detecting crime, pursuing offenders and bringing them to justice.
Within policing it is up to the Chief Constable to determine how resources are allocated and which incidents are investigated. Decisions on individual service changes are based upon the professional judgement of the Chief Constable. The Commissioner regularly challenges the Chief Constable to ensure that the impact of any changes are fully understood, that the greatest risks of harm continue to be addressed as priority and that the community’s concerns have been taken into account.
These reports contains details of the budget and council tax precept.