Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today advised the county’s Police and Crime Panel, who oversee the activities of the PCC, that he intends to raise an additional £3.97million for policing through the 2018/19 council tax policing precept to provide Northamptonshire Police with additional resources to make Northamptonshire safer.
The PCC is proposing to increase the Force budget for 2018/19 to £118.7m, up from £115.3m during the last financial year, to provide the Chief Constable with funding to increase capacity and capability in relation to elements such as domestic and sexual abuse, cyber-crime and early intervention and preventative work.
The rise in precept – which will equate to just £1.00 per month for a Band D property – has been supported by over 60% of respondents to the PCC’s Public Perceptions Survey, which seeks to understand the views of residents around the performance of Northamptonshire Police.
If approved by the Police and Crime Panel, the five per cent increase would generate a base budget for the PCC of £127.1million, with the majority being provided to the Chief Constable, and the rest being used to deliver victim and witness services in the county, services governed by legislation and strategic prevention and planning activity.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said:
“Having spoken to people in the county personally and having heard from over a thousand residents as part of our Public Perceptions Survey, I know that people in Northamptonshire are happy to contribute to help create a first-class policing service and a safer county.
“An extra £1.00 per month for those in a Band D property will create an extra £3.97million for the policing budget, which will allow Northamptonshire Police extra resources for areas such as proactive intelligence and domestic and sexual abuse investigations. I will also set aside money to tackle rural crime, invest in road safety and prevent crime at its root through early intervention initiatives.
“Policing resources have been cut, cut and cut again in recent times but it is vital that this isn’t allowed to continue, for the safety of our people and our communities. I have been heartened by people’s attitudes to understanding the value behind policing and being prepared to contribute more to ensure we start to reverse this trend.
“I have been extremely vocal in saying that as a county we do not receive a fair funding settlement from central government when you consider the size of our population and our geographical area. In addition to this, we were told late last year that there would be no increase in funding for policing coming from the Home Office. Achieving a fair funding award for Northamptonshire is a battle I will continue to fight to ensure that we support our police force with the resources they need to continue to protect people from harm.”