Police commissioner asks how much people will pay for policing

PUBLISHED: 10:47 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 10 January 2018

Police and Crime Commissioner Councillor Jason Ablewhite

Police and Crime Commissioner Councillor Jason Ablewhite

Archant

Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite wants to know how much residents are prepared to pay to fund Cambridgeshire’s police force.

He has launched an online survey giving the choice of paying an extra £1 a month - which would fund an additional 55 officers - 33p more a month to stand still or to pay no increase which, he said, would lead to cuts in officer numbers or other services.

The £1 a month charge would be the maximum increase allowable without triggering a referendum after the Government raised limits, and would bring in about £3.4 million for the force.

Police are planning a £140million budget for 2018-19.

Mr Ablewhite said: “One of my duties as police and crime commissioner is to ensure that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has the resources it needs to keep people safe.

“The constabulary is already a very efficient force with savings of £17.2 million made over the last five years to meet budget reductions. This has been achieved in a number of ways including reducing back office staff and collaborating with other forces, other emergency services and partner organisations.”

He said: “A recent review of local policing has also found savings to fund an extra 50 front line officers. However, we still need to do more to respond to an increase in demand, increase our ability to investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.

“As we look forward and plan our budget for 2018-9, it is important for me to understand your views on how much you are willing to pay towards policing the county. Changes in crime types and an overall increase in calls for service means that more officers are needed to keep people safe.”

Mr Ablewhite, who prefers the extra £1 charge, said: “If each household in a Band D property paid just one extra pound each month, it would make a big difference, equating to an additional 55 police officers.”

Early responses show a substantial support for the higher charge.

The survey runs until January 29 and can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3CD8P3.

Copies of the survey are also available with an easy read description and views can also be given by telephone on 0300 333 3456 or by e-mail to cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk

1 comment

  • Mr Ablewhite could save a million a year by simply removing the pointless talking exercise that is the Police & Crime Commissioner and his associated lackeys riding the gravy train!

    Report this comment

    foolsinpower

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:44

The leader of Cambridge City Council called for Mayor James Palmer to be more open about the selection process that saw a Conservative county councillor propelled into a £100,000 directorship role at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Yesterday, 15:57

An air cadet from Ely spent the week trekking through the Lake District on horseback ‘going for gold’ as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Yesterday, 15:26

A free ‘Art in Wood’ exhibition, which is being displayed opposite Ely Cathedral until the end of August, was opened by the leader of the district council.

Yesterday, 15:09

A robber barged his way into a Cambridge jewellery shop, grabbed tens of thousands of pounds worth of rings and then struck a woman with a hammer in a bid to flee.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy