Have your say on police funding in Cambridgeshire
January 5th, 2018
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is asking members of the public how much they are willing to support policing as part of their council tax for 2018/19.
In order to gather views, the Commissioner is today (Friday 5th January) launching a short survey.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite says:
“One of my duties as Police and Crime Commissioner is to ensure that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has the resources it needs to keep people safe. The Constabulary is already a very efficient force with savings of £17.2 million made over the last five years to meet budget reductions. This has been achieved in a number of ways including reducing back office staff and collaborating with other forces, other emergency services and partner organisations.
“A recent review of local policing has also found savings to fund an extra 50 front line officers however we still need to do more to respond to an increase in demand, increase our ability to investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.
“As we look forward and plan our budget for 2018/19, it is important for me to understand your views on how much you are willing to pay towards policing the county. Changes in crime types and an overall increase in calls for service means that more officers are needed to keep people safe.
“If each household (in a Band D property) paid just one extra pound each month, it would make a big difference, equating to an additional 55 Police Officers.
“I would like to thank you in advance and look forward to hearing your views.”
A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3CD8P3. Your views will then inform the Commissioner’s final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.
The survey runs from Friday 5th January until Monday 29th January 2018.
Please note – copies of the survey are also available with an Easy Read description
Views can also be given by telephone: 0300 333 3456 or by email: email@example.com.
If emailing or telephoning, please state whether you agree with:
- Option 1: you agree to an increase by £1 per month (an increase of 55 Police Officers)
- Option 2: you agree to an increase by 33p per month (maintain planned numbers with no additional increase)
- Option 3: no increase (reduce officer numbers of find equivalent savings)
Notes to editors
Media enquiries to:
Charles Kitchin – Director of Communications and Engagement
Catherine Kimberley – Communications Officer
Tel DD: 01480 425806/01480 425819
Mobile: 07809 332291/07872 357923
About The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Jason Ablewhite is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire.
Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for delivering an efficient and effective police service in their area. Commissioners set police and crime objectives, the police budget and issue crime and disorder reduction grants through the Police and Crime Plan. Commissioners also hold the police to account, making them answerable to the public.
Further details can be found on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website.