People to pay more for policing in Dorset

Dorset Echo: Martyn Underhill Martyn Underhill

Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is proposing to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95% for 2014-15.

He says the rise is essential to strengthen the Force by the recruitment of new officers and the investment of new technology.

The Commissioner claims the rise is bneeded to balance the need of providing an effective policing service, while minimising as far as possible the cost to taxpayers. This will partly offset the 3.3% reduction in government grant funding for 2014-15.

The proposed rise to the precept, the part of the Council Tax that pays for police services, is the equivalent of a 7 pence weekly increase or, a rise from £183.51 to £187.09 annually, for a band D household. This will take Dorset Police’s budget to £112.8 million for 2014-15.

The Commissioner will put his proposals to the Police and Crime Panel on February 6.

Once the Commissioner and the Panel agree a figure it will be implemented from April 1.

Mr Underhill said: “It is right that we invest in the future to create an efficient and effective Force. I have sought to balance the needs of our police service with the demands on families across Dorset. I am proposing a rise of 1.95%. This produces a challenging but achievable budget for Dorset Police that will enable us to protect service to the public whilst minimising demands on taxpayers.

“My priority is to keep people in Dorset safe. Everywhere I go, people tell me that they want a more visible Force.

“Before I was elected, police officer recruitment in Dorset was frozen. I reversed that decision and recruited 12 new officers this year. This proposal will secure another 16 officers for Dorset, adding fresh leadership and skills.

“If we don’t recruit, the profile of the Force will become unbalanced and we will begin to be unrepresentative of the communities that we serve.”

“This budget also allows investment in new technology such as body-worn cameras. This proposal will fund around 300 body worn videos for officers across Dorset which he claims will result in better policing, more accountability and will lead to more convictions. These cameras are intended to aid evidence gathering, such as statements from domestic abuse victims. With the video you capture the atmosphere. There is nothing lost in translation.”

“It will also fund a cyber-crime awareness campaign to help residents and businesses in Dorset identify and protect themselves from online threats. This prolonged awareness campaign is necessary to improve public knowledge of online security. Knowledge is the best defence against this crime.”

“Over the last year, I have also dedicated resources into tackling rural crime in Dorset. This proposal will fund rural vehicles to patrol our more remote communities enhancing the ability to patrol and respond off road.”

Details of the Commissioner’s precept proposals are open for public consultation until the end of January. The Commissioner is urging people to share their views on the budget which is available via his website: www.dorset.pcc.police.uk People can also contact the Office for the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner by email: pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk or tel: 01202 223966.

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10:08am Tue 17 Dec 13

annotater says...

I think a reduction in waste would be preferred by most people!
I think a reduction in waste would be preferred by most people! annotater

1:10pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Naturalised southerner says...

I suppose we have to fund him in some way!
I suppose we have to fund him in some way! Naturalised southerner

2:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

CoogarUK.com says...

Someone has to pay for him and his team.
Someone has to pay for him and his team. CoogarUK.com

8:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

dogloverdorset says...

What waste is that then? name it rather than make throw away silly comments

Were you lot actually aware that you have paid for a Dorset police authority for years, that never consulted anyone, was unelected, and made some ludicrous commitments through PFI that we are stuck paying for? At least we now know who is making decisions, and they actually bother to let people know....
What waste is that then? name it rather than make throw away silly comments Were you lot actually aware that you have paid for a Dorset police authority for years, that never consulted anyone, was unelected, and made some ludicrous commitments through PFI that we are stuck paying for? At least we now know who is making decisions, and they actually bother to let people know.... dogloverdorset

8:44pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Parkstreetshufle says...

And perhaps he would like to explain how people will pay for this rise? Does he know anyone who's wages are keeping up with inflation? Or perhaps he knows somebody that hasn't had a 10% increase in the cost of gas and electric?
The police, along with the rest of the services and government bodies can learn to work with less. If we the public don't get paid, neither do they - end of...
And perhaps he would like to explain how people will pay for this rise? Does he know anyone who's wages are keeping up with inflation? Or perhaps he knows somebody that hasn't had a 10% increase in the cost of gas and electric? The police, along with the rest of the services and government bodies can learn to work with less. If we the public don't get paid, neither do they - end of... Parkstreetshufle

9:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

smilealoft44 says...

I think that an additional cost of 7p per week is worth paying. If the service can get some more police on patrol all well and good. It is not the fault of the dorset police that this goverment keeps cutting budgets. I belive we need to move forward with the police service . We can keep an eye on the improvements made and if they are not value for money then at the next p c elections the present p c can be voted out. Its a shame its a police service and not a police force.
I think that an additional cost of 7p per week is worth paying. If the service can get some more police on patrol all well and good. It is not the fault of the dorset police that this goverment keeps cutting budgets. I belive we need to move forward with the police service . We can keep an eye on the improvements made and if they are not value for money then at the next p c elections the present p c can be voted out. Its a shame its a police service and not a police force. smilealoft44

10:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

No thanks, I am well armed and secured in my property and person. I need (want) to pay for less corrupt law that makes criminals out of nothing for political reasons . I want more rights for self deference as long as properly advertised.

I have never needed the Police in my entire life, its not that i don't want them..it's that i don't want the politically, P.C driven bunch of thugs we have now.
No thanks, I am well armed and secured in my property and person. I need (want) to pay for less corrupt law that makes criminals out of nothing for political reasons . I want more rights for self deference as long as properly advertised. I have never needed the Police in my entire life, its not that i don't want them..it's that i don't want the politically, P.C driven bunch of thugs we have now. David_divenghy2

9:28am Wed 18 Dec 13

StephG says...

The pcc talks like a typical politician. "I have done this and I have done that"

Wasn't it sir Robert peel who invented the police force and didn't he say that politics and policing should never cross.
Well it has and look what is happening now.. The dorset police is now a business and the poor bobbies on the beat are struggling to cope with the pressures that are being placed on them just like all the other emergency services.
The pcc talks like a typical politician. "I have done this and I have done that" Wasn't it sir Robert peel who invented the police force and didn't he say that politics and policing should never cross. Well it has and look what is happening now.. The dorset police is now a business and the poor bobbies on the beat are struggling to cope with the pressures that are being placed on them just like all the other emergency services. StephG

2:40pm Sat 21 Dec 13

trymybest says...

why do they ask for an increase in funding to buy items in one financial year , and no one ever reduces their budget after the items have been paid for, the increase stays for ever, is that not classed as robbery Mr policeman.
why do they ask for an increase in funding to buy items in one financial year , and no one ever reduces their budget after the items have been paid for, the increase stays for ever, is that not classed as robbery Mr policeman. trymybest

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