Funding for policing and services to support victims and reduce offending is made up of a national grant from Government, which accounts 60% of the total, and the money you pay through your council tax – which accounts for 40%.
The Commissioner sets how much local residents contribute via the council tax.
The Commissioner will also determine how the funding received is allocated between policing and wider prevention and intervention work that supports victims, reduces offending, protects the vulnerable, and reduces the demand on policing.
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, including the Commissioner’s response to the Police and Crime Panel when setting the precept. The precept is the element of your council tax that provides local funding for policing.