A PROPOSAL to increase the amount Dorset residents pay for policing is currently supported by more than half the people who have responded to the consultation.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is seeking to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95 per cent for the forthcoming financial year, pledging to invest the money in new officers and new technology.

Dorset residents have until January 31 to have their say on this suggestion via an online poll on the Dorset PCC website.

Currently, 54 per cent of respondents say that a 1.95 per cent increase – around £3.60 a year – is “about right”.

However, almost a third – 29 per cent – say the police precept should be reduced, 11 per cent support a bigger increase and seven per cent say it should increase by less than 1.95 per cent.