Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping's plans for policing have now received the green light from the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel.
Mr Tipping commented: "I'm obviously delighted that the Police and Crime Panel has given the go-ahead not just to the increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing, but to the other two key elements of my plans - the Police and Crime Plan and the budget.
"However, we remain open to public views about the plan. It's tremendously important that the county's residents and people who work in Nottinghamshire keep talking to us so that we can represent their needs - and we will keep listening."
The budget includes a major investment in frontline policing, which enables the Commissioner to keep his promise of putting more bobbies and PCSOs in the county's neighbourhoods. His plans are for 150 police officers to be recruited in 2013-14 and a further 120 police officers in each of the next two years. In addition, the budget allows for 35 PCSOs to be recruited in 2013-14 and 2014-15, with 30 more in 2015-16.
Mr Tipping is adamant that crime must continue to fall in Nottinghamshire. "We have to keep on our toes - and that can't be achieved if resources are cut," he said. "The Panel has listened to our point of view and clearly sees our position, which is good news all round. Now we need to get on and deliver the plan."
In the face of Government cuts, the amount of council tax paid towards policing will be increased by 1.95% per cent in 2013/14. That increase, which will bring in an extra £1m, works out at less than a penny a day for the county's taxpayers.
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Posted on Monday 11th February 2013