Would you pay more to ‘protect frontline policing’ in Devon?
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Devon and Cornwall residents are being polled on whether they would pay another £12 a year to ‘protect frontline policing’.
Police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez said the increase, previously capped at 1.99 per cent, could generate an additional £7million.
If approved, residents would pay the police more in council tax, which is also includes payments to town, district and county councils.
Ms Hernandez, who also represents the Isles of Scilly, said: “I have consistently made the case that central Government cuts to funding have been detrimental to policing.
“In 2017, I committed to increasing police officer numbers by 100 over the term of my office to take the total number back up to 3,000.
“The Government has recently offered a funding opportunity that could both speed up that recruitment and further increase the number of officers.
“This is the only opportunity we have to increase investment.
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“This would provide Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Police with around £7m additional income, which will help to ensure we can protect frontline policing.”
The £12 increase would be for the average band D property. Fill in the poll at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/G2S8QP7.