Knife crime, sexual violence and a focus on crime prevention are among the key priorities for Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping over the next twelve months.
Mr Tipping plans to fund extending GPS tagging to knife crime offenders and commit more resources to raising awareness of the horrors of sexual violence.
The Commissioner also wants to reduce the demand on the police by focusing on prevention and early intervention methods and will work closely with Nottinghamshire’s new Chief Constable Craig Guildford on this.
The priorities were unveiled as the county’s Police and Crime Panel supported Mr Tipping’s police budget for 2017/2018.
The total amount of money being spent on the police from 1 April will be £190.1m. The bulk is made up of £124.2m from the Government’s Police Grant. But this allocation has been falling year on year since 2010 when cuts to police funding began and 2017/2018’s grant will be £1.9m less than this year’s.
Much of the remaining money comes from the policing precept element of Council Tax bills. This year that figure will be £56.4m, a net increase of £2m on the 2016/17 figure to cover the shortfall in central funding.
It means that the amount of Council Tax people pay towards policing will rise by 1.95%.
For householders living in a Band D property this increase equates to an extra 7p a week (or £3.51 a year). The majority of homes in Nottinghamshire are in the Council Tax Band A, so will see smaller increases.
This means that a Band D property will pay an annual amount of £183.42 towards policing in 2017/18, while a Band A property will pay a total of £122.28, an increase of £2.34 over 2016/17.
Mr Tipping said the Government had tied the hands of him and every other PCC across the country when it recommended Commissioners increase Council Tax by around 2% every year to prevent any further reductions in their budgets.
He said the decision to increase the precept was not taken lightly but added that he believed the people of Nottinghamshire supported his desire to make sure Nottinghamshire Police has the resources it needs to meet future challenges.
Mr Tipping said: “Police funding has changed irrevocably and is unlikely to ever return to the levels we saw in the previous decade. This has led to huge changes in the way forces now deliver policing.”
“In Nottinghamshire there is real innovation, coupled with a desire to reshape services in the drive to provide high quality policing that keeps communities safe.”
Mr Tipping said his commitment to tackling rural crime remains undiminished as does a determination to provide greater help to victims of crime through newly commissioned services. He also said regional collaboration with neighbouring forces remained important.
The Commissioner added: “It is for these reasons and many more that I am asking people to pay a little more towards policing over the next year. Let’s not forget that Nottinghamshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit - over the past year there were fewer violence with injury, antisocial behaviour, drugs, robbery and vehicle crimes.”
“That is down to the commitment and dedication of the officers and staff of Nottinghamshire Police. My commitment to the people of Nottinghamshire is to ensure they have the resources required to keep us all safe.”
Background papers available here http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/dms/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/3881/Committee/504/Default.aspx
Posted on Monday 6th February 2017