Nottinghamshire residents will see 40 more police officers thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s budget for 2019-20.
A meeting of Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Panel heard that his budget for the next financial year included the Government’s predicted increase in the amount raised through the local council tax, a move overwhelmingly supported by Panel members.
The extra funding will significantly boost neighbourhood policing visibility and strengthen the work to tackle knife crime and robbery.
Welcoming the Panel’s decision, Paddy Tipping said: “Ask any resident what makes their community feel safer and the answer will be the same – more police officers. People need to feel safe, regardless of whether their risk of becoming a victim of crime is high or low, and I know that they are reassured to see police officers walking the streets night and day.
“Clearly the Panel recognised the need to increase police funding and that increasing the police precept is the only option available to us. This budget will enable our recruitment programme to continue with 40 more officers on our streets, raising police visibility where it matters most.
“It will also boost the work to tackle robbery, knife crime and hate crime, things which I know really matter to people. They want to feel safe, and be safe, on the streets and in their communities.”
The additional 40 officers come on top of the ambitious recruitment programme seen over the last eighteen months which has taken officer numbers over 2000*.
Of the 40 new posts:
- Thirty-three officers will be deployed into Neighbourhood Policing teams for a local, visible and reassuring policing resource across the whole force area.
- Seven officers will form a force robbery team. Following the success of the burglary and knife crime teams, this new robbery team will work closely with the knife crime team to pro-actively target offenders.
There will be more knife and hate crime prevention activity aimed at younger people, particularly those who are moving from primary to secondary education, delivered in partnership with the third sector.
The Government announced plans to increase police funding through the local council tax, lifting the ceiling on the precept increase by £24pa for a Band D property, in December 2018. Since then, the Commissioner has been working with the Chief Constable to develop a budget centred around police visibility and tackling the issues that matter to local people.
The Panel heard that the Commissioner intended to set the revenue budget for policing and community safety in Nottinghamshire for 2019-20 at £206.3m, £13.2m more than the 2018-19 figure of £193.1m. Of this, £138.6m comes from the Government and £69.5m comes from local taxpayers through the policing precept on the council tax.
This growth budget includes an increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing in 2019-20 of £23.94 for a Band D property, taking the total amount for the year to £219.33. In Nottinghamshire there is a predominance of Band A and Band B properties, which will pay an additional £15.96 and £18.62 respectively.