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|Paying for Policing – We need your opinionDo you want to see an improved Police Service in Essex? And are you willing to pay more Council Tax to provide it? Those are the questions being asked by Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
Essex residents are being asked to fill in a survey so Mr Hirst can see what the county’s opinion is on increasing resources for Essex Police.
He also wants to know what they think about the policing priorities for Essex.
Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources – central Government and local Council Tax. Taking these two funding sources into account, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest Council Tax precepts for policing. Next year we are also expecting significant additional costs from increases in police officer pay, higher insurance costs and changes to police officer pensions. There will also be costs as a result of extending the police’s Airwave radio system due to delays in the roll out of the National Emergency Services Communication Programme.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “I want to provide the best possible policing service, which is what the people of Essex rightly deserve. Increasing investment will help the Chief Constable deliver this. I am working hard to lobby the Government but we cannot yet know the scale of any increase in central Government funding. I can of course raise the policing precept. Before I do that I want to know what people think.”
Last year, Mr Hirst carried out a similar survey which received more than 5,000 responses. Approximately two thirds of the people who answered (65 per cent) said they would be prepared to see the police element of local Council Tax increased by more than two per cent so more money could be made available for policing in Essex. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.
Mr Hirst said: “In light of the results from last year’s survey, I raised the policing element of the Council Tax by up to £12, or £1 a month, for a Band D property. This increase, as part of the £450 million in police funding secured nationally from the Government last year, allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 more frontline officers, bringing the total amount of Essex Police officers to at least 3,000. These additional officers are being recruited and trained and will be arriving in local communities by February 2019.”
He added: “Whilst filling the survey I would also like people to give their views on the policing priorities for Essex. I want to make sure that they reflect the needs of the communities that Essex Police serves.”
Hard copies are also available on request. Please contact the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or you can email [email protected]. You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.
The survey will be live from 1am on Tuesday, November 6 and will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 27.
In recent years Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been set up across the country to assist local police services improve their understanding of the communities they serve, a need identified in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report. This improved understanding then assists the police serve those communities more effectively. Tendring Independent Advisory Group was established in 2017.
Purpose of the Group
The IAG is a strategic partnership group that seeks to enable and improve cohesive two-way communications between Tendring Police and the diverse communities within the District, with the aim of driving service improvement and building positive relationships.
It does this by:
- Providing a forum for on-going, open dialogue with people who are independent of the police and may not otherwise have opportunities to express their opinions on local policing and related issues.
- Facilitating and encouraging the expression of a range of potentially diverse views, reflecting individual perspectives on the issues affecting specific groups and communities.
- Enabling the police to receive guidance and constructive challenge on policy, procedures and practices, in particular, the impact of policing on different communities.
- Informing the development of police policies and practices so that they do not disadvantage any section of the community through lack of understanding or mistaken beliefs.
- Identifying trends, concerns and sharing best practice.
- Enabling the police to communicate quickly and effectively with community groups during and following emergency incidents such as terrorist attacks.
- Attend regular IAG meetings – 4 per year.
- Provide constructive feedback to the Police about a given topic.
- Assistance with local information being disseminated to and gathered from local communities.
- Be motivated, enthusiastic and able to communicate in a calm, constructive manner.
It is essential that all members are either from or represent a community within Tendring.
NEXT MEETING -31ST JANUARY 2019 4.00-6.00PM
ALBERT EDWARD HALL, LEGERTON DRIVE , CLACTON ON SEA, CO16 8BW
For queries regarding the Tendring IAG, please contact Anastasia Simpson, Vice Chair, Tendring IAG on (01255) 686324 or via e mail [email protected] To read the poster click here
Bentley Green Players
At St Mary’s Church Parish Hall
Saturday 17th November 2018
Arrive at 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm start
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Shall be available
Tickets £6.50 each
available from Deli-licious
Or ring Peter Harry 07503 153960
To see the poster click here
At Great Bentley Village Hall
on November 8 at 7.30 pm.
Members £2, non-members £3.
All interested persons welcome
Great Bentley History Society.