Commissioner seeks public’s views on policing and asks:
‘Would you be prepared to pay more towards policing?’
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping wants to hear the public’s views on policing priorities, where they think savings to the budget should be made and whether they would be prepared to pay more towards policing in 2017/18.
In an online ‘Have Your Say’ consultation that will run until Monday 9 January, the Commissioner is keen to know what the public think about policing – both where they live and within the city and county generally.
“The opinions and experiences of residents and businesses about policing and crime are extremely important,” Mr Tipping said. “What the public says will help me to make the most effective decisions in 2017.”
With regard to the amount of council tax paid towards policing, he pointed out that most households (Band B) in Nottinghamshire pay around £140 a year towards policing. But he would now like to know if they would be prepared to pay an extra £2.73 (2%) a year, or an additional £14 a year which would require a referendum, or nothing extra.
His responsibilities as Commissioner include issuing a Police and Crime Plan that sets out priorities for policing in Nottinghamshire. They also involve setting the force’s budget which includes the amount of council tax that goes towards local policing as part of the ‘police precept.’
“One of the big issues for policing is the steep fall in funding in the last five years or so, with Nottinghamshire Police – like other forces nationally – seeing a significant reduction in central government grant funding since 2010/11,” he said.
“As a result, we have been working to deliver savings of £12m in 2016/17. This has been largely achieved by reducing workforce costs, streamlining senior ranking officer structures, enabling officers to take voluntary redundancy and improving the way contracts are managed. However, more savings still need to be made.
“What I now need to hear is what the public feel about policing priorities and how the money they contribute towards policing is spent. I do hope that as many people as possible will fill in my survey so that I can reflect their views.”
The survey presents four questions with tick box options. The first asks: “In what ways do you feel further savings should be made in 2017/18?”
Mr Tipping also asks – again, on a tick box basis – what people feel should be the three most important priorities for the police in their neighbourhoods, such as anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, theft, safer streets, or drug and alcohol-related crime and disorder. Similarly, he wants to know what they believe should be the most important policing priorities for Nottinghamshire Police generally. His survey further invites comments and suggestions.
“I do urge people to take a few minutes to fill in this survey,” Commissioner Tipping said. “I will be most grateful for their opinions which will be so very valuable in helping to achieve greater safety in our city, towns, villages and rural areas.”
The survey can be found on the PCC website www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk
Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2016