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PCC's Budget to Boost Policing in Nottinghamshire

An increase in the number of police officers, investment in priority crime types and a new custody building are all on the cards as details of the proposed budget for policing Nottinghamshire in 2018/19 were revealed today (30 January).

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, will formally present his plans, which include an annual increase of £11.97 in the amount of council tax paid towards policing by a Band D property, to the Police and Crime Panel on 7 February.  The increase, advocated by the Policing Minister last December, will raise an additional £2.8m for the 2018/19 budget which is to be invested in 80 additional officers - taking the budgeted strength to 1940.  The ambition is to move numbers up towards 2000 over the next two years.

The number of officers in frontline posts will be further boosted thanks to a review of supervisory ratios which will see 61 supervisory posts rationalised to increase the frontline provision.

Recognising public concerns about knife crime and crime in rural areas, a Crime Fighting Fund is to be created to target knife crime and rural crime.  In addition, a specialist vehicle will be purchased to boost the scope of the rural crime team.

Proposals have also been announced for a new custody suite to replace the current old-fashioned accommodation at the Bridewell in Nottingham.  The new building, with modern equipment and bespoke facilities, will be designed to meet anticipated demand for the foreseeable future.

The Commissioner will present his plans to the Police and Crime Panel for its scrutiny and approval of the policing precept.  He will explain that he intends to set the budget for policing Nottinghamshire in 2018/19 at £193.1m, with a Band D property paying a total of £195.39 per annum towards policing.  However, most people will pay less than this due to the predominance of Band A and B properties across the force area.

Paddy Tipping said: “I have been at the forefront of the calls seeking more funding for policing.  In Nottinghamshire we have been required to make savings of £54m over the last five years and in doing so we have had to reduce the number of police officers and PCSOs.  Nationally officer numbers are at their lowest for 30 years.   

“This comes at a time of extreme pressure on police services.  It’s no coincidence that recorded crime is up.  The changing nature of crime is more complex with new resource-intensive crime types such as on-line fraud, child sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery. There is an ever-present need for vigilance to tackle the threat of terrorism.

“The government has clearly recognised that the police need extra resources and its calculations assume that Police and Crime Commissioners will increase the amount of council tax paid towards policing by around £12 for an average household.  This and a number of other measures mean that next year we have an additional £4m in our budget, all of which the Chief Constable I plan to invest in local policing services. 

“We will take police officer numbers up to 1940; a knife crime manager will be appointed to spearhead the work to tackle knife-related violence; the rural crime team will benefit from new equipment and resources to boost capacity and we will invest in a new custody facility capable of meeting current and future demands.

“The extra money won’t solve all our financial problems, but it is a welcome and helpful move.  It is accompanied by an ongoing programme of planned efficiency savings to enable us to continue to invest in local policing which is what people tell me they want to see.  At the end of the day, people want to feel safe in their communities.”

Nottinghamshire’s Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, welcomed the budget plans adding: “The Commissioner’s budget is an investment in Nottinghamshire Police and in Nottinghamshire communities.  It will bring more police officers to our neighbourhood teams to tackle the crimes and behaviour of most concern to the people who live in those neighbourhoods; our capacity to target offences such as burglary and knife crime will be enhanced while our rural crime unit will be stronger than ever before thanks to additional equipment and resources. 

“This is a budget that supports the police and our plans to best serve those living, working or visiting in Nottinghamshire and keep them safe, which is why I fully support the Commissioner’s plans.”

Consultation with the public, carried out throughout 2017, showed support of nearly 60% for an increased council tax precept.  The Commissioner and his team directly engaged with over 3,000 residents during 2017 and consulted a further 3750 residents in partnership with local authorities.

The Police and Crime Panel meets at County Hall on 7 February.  Details of the meeting and the associated reports are available at

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/dms/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/4094/Committee/504/Default.aspx

 

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Posted on Tuesday 30th January 2018
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