Dorset Police Council Tax charge set to rise
HOUSEHOLDS in Dorset are being asked to pay an extra seven pence a week to help fund additional police officers.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has proposed the increase in his Policing Precept report that is being considered by the Police and Crime Panel next week.
The policing precept is the part of the council tax which goes to pay for Dorset Police, and for the next tax year it is proposed that this will be £183.51 for a Band D property – a rise of £3.51 – on the current year.
The main areas of extra cost will be to recruit 12 police officers and reduce the reduction of officers to 38 officers, rather than the originally anticipated reduction of 50.
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Mr Underhill said "The possibility of raising the precept has not been made lightly.
"This 1.95 per cent option is the best balance between sustaining the force and seeking to limit the impact on council tax payers.
"I want to ensure security in the home and safety in public places.
"We need to invest in our force to do this.
"On my visits to towns and villages across Dorset, I have been told repeatedly that people want a more visible force.
"My priority is to keep people in Dorset safe and feeling safe.
"I am asking people for an extra penny a day to sustain frontline policing, to help cut crime."
If approved the 1.95 per cent precept rise will come into force in April.The Police and Crime Panel is also considering Mr Underhill's new crime plan when it meets on Thursday, February 7.
The report includes six priorities to reduce victims of crime and reoffending and to protect the public from serious threats and from being harmed.
Mr Underhill's core objectives are to cut crime and keep the public safe, while creating a more visible force with the recruitment of 250 Special Constables.
He has also prioritised support for neighbourhood policing and work to increase people's satisfaction in policing.
The plan is available online at www.dorset.pcc.police.uk and hard copies can be made available on request.
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