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Police Precept Survey 2017/18
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Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe is proposing a freeze on the amount people pay for policing out of their Council Tax – otherwise known as the Police Precept – for 2017/18.
The move would see the Police Precept pegged at the same levels as in 2016/17 for all Council Tax bands.
While the levels of the Police Precept would stay the same for individual taxpayers, the Commissioner will use a portion of the force’s financial reserves (money set aside from past savings and underspends) to ensure that the overall budget increases, meaning that Warwickshire Police will continue to benefit from increased funding, without the burden for this falling on council taxpayers.
What new developments will this fund?
The net revenue budget proposed for 2017/18 has been set at £97.268m, an increase of £1.114m (1.2%) from 2016/17. The draft budget includes new developments and initiatives, which support the priorities set out in the Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan 2016-2021.
To put victims first, the Commissioner will:
- Invest in restorative justice services
- Ensure the continued provision of victims’ services for all
victims of crime
- Develop specialist victims services for the most vulnerable in our communities
To ensure efficient and effective policing, the Commissioner plans to invest in the revenue budget:
- £0.1m in new technology to support the new Operations Communications Centre at Neville House, Warwick
- £1.3m in delivering new technology such as mobile data, which will allow officers to spend more time in local communities, and the Athena system
- £0.6m to enhance the capability and capacity of Warwickshire Police’s workforce with new initiatives to promote health and wellbeing, learning and development and the use of modern technology
- £0.1m in Telematics, securing the more efficient use of police vehicles
- £2.5m in Operation Devonport, which will primarily be used to manage the increase in demand around vulnerability
In addition the Commissioner plans to invest £26.8m for the capital costs of buildings, ICT and equipment over the next four years.
To protect people from harm, the Commissioner plans to fund:
- An additional 22 officers and staff to investigate Child Sexual Exploitation
- Greater alcohol and drugs testing by roads policing officers to ensure safer roads
- Improvements in digital forensics, delivering a more effective and quicker investigation of reported crimes
- Better regional collaboration on intelligence
- Improved coordination of local services through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
To prevent and reduce crime, the Commissioner will:
- Continue to invest £0.5m a year in initiatives to prevent and address business, rural and cyber crime, whilst reviewing and reconfiguring the existing programme to deliver improved outcomes
- Establish 1.6 additional posts to address high tech and cyber crime
- Introduce body worn video for operational police officers, to safeguard officers and the public, at a cost of an estimated £0.8m a year.