Chief Constable welcomes decision to increase council tax funding for policing

Tuesday, 29th January 2019

THE Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Gareth Morgan, has welcomed the decision by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue, and Crime, and supported by the Staffordshire Police Fire and Crime Panel, to increase the council tax precept by £24 for a Band D property.

The rise means that households across Staffordshire will face a rise of 12.46 per cent in their policing bills on top of the 6.29 per cent rise last year. This will generate an extra £8.3 million for policing the County.

It means residents living in Band D properties will be paying an extra £24-a-year to fund Staffordshire Police’s work. This means that in total, residents in Band D properties will be paying £216.56 towards policing through their council tax in 2019/20.

However,  those in Band A households, who pay the lowest rate of council tax, will see their annual police precept rise to £144.37 per year.

Speaking of the decision, Chief Constable Morgan has said: “Staffordshire, like many regions of the UK is facing rising and increasingly complex crime, with many new and emerging threats that are taking more time and resources to solve.

“This increase in funding will help to stabilise the force’s finances and support the ongoing programmes of change within Staffordshire Police. Importantly it will also provide extra investment to improve our capacity to target and disrupt those committing crimes such as burglary and vehicle crime and causing the most harm against people and their property.

“The force has already made a significant investment in neighbourhood officers to drive a more preventative, proactive work and increase visibility in local communities. Going forward we will be investing in a team to manage the increasing number of cases involving missing people. I also plan to invest in our roads policing capability to disrupt criminals who use the road network and to reduce the number of road users killed or seriously injured through increased enforcement alongside the existing programmes of education.

“Investment in new digital technology will also improve our ability to tackle the growth in cybercrime.

He added: “This additional investment, which will equate to around 40 extra officers and staff, will enable us to make further progress on the delivering on the priorities set out in the Policing Plan to keep people safe.”