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Boost in funding for Thames Valley Police

But a rise in council tax is coupled with government funding.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:02pm 27th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Boost in funding for Thames Valley Police

The amount we pay Thames Valley Police could go up by under 20p a week, but it could mean an extra £31.9 million.

The government has announced a funding boost for forces, based on their slice of council tax also going up slightly.

Much of that will go towards 600 new officers across the region.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said:

"The latest Government funding settlement for policing will see more than a billion pounds invested in public safety. This includes funding to recruit 6,000 additional police officers nationwide by March 2021 and making the relevant infrastructure improvements needed to recruit the 20,000 additional officers by March 2023.

"[This] budget announcement recognises the pressures on forces such as Thames Valley and ensures that police officers will have the resources to fight crime in our communities."

He said he is delighted that, having lobbied the Government over a long period, Thames Valley Police are now seeing the biggest increase in funding in a decade.

Anthony continued:

"With the support of local taxpayers I already agreed to increase the number of police officers in last year's budget and these officers will now be joined by 183 new recruits who will soon be embarking on their training.

"This is just the first phase of the uplift in police officers which I hope will see around 600 new officers for Thames Valley in total. This will mean that Thames Valley will have more police than when I first took office."

Thames Valley Police

The PCC said that he will continue to focus on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all communities across the Thames Valley.

The additional funding announced will allow TVP to invest, not just in their workforce, but in the equipment and technology that the police need to fight modern crimes and protect our communities.

Anthony explained:

"The funding settlement that would give Thames Valley a maximum cash increase of £31.9m based on the Government assumption that I increase council tax on the average Band D household by less than 20p a week. 

"The Chief Constable and I will discuss the operational priorities for the additional funding to ensure the money supports front-line policing and the Force's constant efforts to reduce crime and protect victims. 

"It is great to have the positive support from the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to help us make communities in Thames Valley even safer."  

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