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PCC's budget for Community Policing

Plans to see more police officers in Nottinghamshire’s neighbourhoods, working specifically to tackle local problems, have been revealed by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.  

This year’s budget has been developed to support the continued improvements in performance, highlighted in January when it was announced that, against a national increase, Nottinghamshire has seen an 8.4% reduction in knife crime, with the City of Nottingham having a reduction of 18%.

Details of the PCC’s budget for 2020-21 which, in addition to the increase in officer numbers to tackle organised crime in neighbourhoods includes more robbery and knife crime teams; a greater focus on online and digital crime; environmentally friendly cars and a raft of other measures, will be presented to the County’s Police and Crime Panel on 6 February.

PCC Paddy Tipping said there would be more officers on the streets, proactively working to solve community issues in the next few weeks.  On top of an additional 40 officers pledged by the Commissioner, there will be 107 further officers as part of the Government’s uplift in Nottinghamshire’s neighbourhoods from April 2020.

“As a result of the preparatory groundwork carried out in 2019, these new officers will be in post and making an impact, by the end of March 2020.  We are well ahead of the field,” he said.

“The investment in tackling knife crime has already yielded a reduction of 8.4% across the county, with an 18% drop in the City of Nottingham.  This seriously bucks the national rising trend.  We are confident that as the latest initiatives bed-in we will see still further reductions in serious violence.

“This year’s budget will consolidate and build upon the progress we have made over the last two years.”

The budget will enable:

  • The creation of Neighbourhood Proactive Teams to support the work being done by the successful knife crime, burglary and robbery Teams.
  • More resources for the On-line and Digital Crime Protection Team.
  • A pilot in the use of electrical vehicles
  • Continued investment in counselling and a new single point of contact hub for adult survivors of sexual abuse, alongside investment from partners.
  • Partnership funding to support the priorities of the Safer Nottinghamshire Board and Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership
  • Continuation of a pilot for non-domestic stalking
  • Continued funding for the Violence Reduction Unit

 The net budget requirement for policing Nottinghamshire in 2020-21 has been set at £221.6m, of which £73.5m comes from the policing portion of the council tax.  

 As part of its funding settlement, the Government made it clear that it expected the amount raised by the council tax to increase. 

 The ministerial statement issued by the Home Office (23 Jan), said: “We also propose enabling PCCs to raise further funding through precept flexibility, subject to confirmation at the final Local Government Finance Settlement.  We propose to empower PCCs to increase their Band D precept by up to £10 in 2020/21 without the need to call for a local referendum, the equivalent of less than twenty pence per week.”

 In line with the government’s expectation, a Band D precept increase of £9.99 per annum (an increase of 4.56%) for the 2020-21 financial year has been recommended.  A Band A property will pay an additional £6.66.

The Government has chosen not to increase the core funding grant to forces, which means that pay increases and inflation is not covered.  This means that, without an increase in the amount derived from the council tax, there would be more efficiency savings required which would inevitably have an impact on officer numbers once more.

Paddy Tipping said: “People want to see more police and less crime in their communities.  I understand that.  That’s why we have focussed so much effort on recruitment of new officers and making sure that those officers are out there, in neighbourhoods, tackling the crimes that matter most to our residents.

“This budget will deliver more officers and more improvements to protect people from harm.”

Ends

Editor notes:

The net budget requirement for policing Nottinghamshire in 2020-21 has been set at £221.6m, of which £73.5m comes from the policing portion of the council tax.  This is £15.3m up on the 2019-20 figure of £206.3m.

The increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing depends on the Band of the property.

 

Police & Crime element of the

Council Tax

Band

 2019-20

           £

2020-21

£

A

146.22

152.88

B

170.59

178.36

C

194.96

203.84

D

219.33

229.32

E

268.07

280.28

F

316.81

331.24

G

365.55

382.20

H

438.66

458.64

 Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Friday 31st January 2020
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