Poll: Would you be willing to pay an extra 41 pence per week for more police officers?
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:31 15 January 2019
A police poll will ask residents whether they are willing to pay an extra 40 pence a week in council tax to have up to 85 more officers in their communities.
Currently most households in the region contribute less than £3.20 a week to pay for policing through the council tax precept, according to Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,
Miss Hernandez has launched a poll to establish whether people would pay more than ‘the price of a pasty’ for the 2019-20 financial year.
The police and crime commissioner says that an increase of 41 pence a week for a band C property would mean an extra 85 officers could be recruited by the end of 2022, and 30 experienced police men and women would be released from ‘back office functions’.
“For about the price of a pasty each week council tax payers in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are providing important funding so the police can help communities keep safe, beat antisocial behaviour, catch criminals and protect the most vulnerable in our society,” she said.
“We live in one of the safest parts of the country and I want to keep it that way in the face of rising levels of crime in our area.
“The proposed rise would allow the chief constable to place a police officer in every sector with responsibility for better connecting the police and public, the force would be able to recruit more detectives so more criminals are brought to justice, maintain our investment in roads policing and recruit more response officers so we can get to more incidents, more often and in better time.”
She also said that without the increase in funding, Devon and Cornwall Police would have to halt recruitment and revisit plans for frontline officer numbers.
A final decision will be made by the Police and Crime Commissioner ahead of the next meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel on Friday, February 8.
Anyone who wants to take part in the poll or give feedback on the proposals should go click here or ring 01392 225555.