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Thames Valley Police announce plans for extra funding

It's following an increase in council tax

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:43am 13th February 2020. 2-minute read.

Thames Valley Police announce plans for extra funding

Thames Valley Police have shared their plans for extra funding. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfield, has set out the plans for local police funding. 

Its after the announcement by Police Minister Kit Malthouse of the biggest cash increase for policing in a decade.

PCC Anthony said:

"The Government's funding announcement was based on a rise in the policing part of the local council tax by up to £10 a year for the average Band D household.

"Although we never like to increase council tax this additional funding will ensure vital support for the extra frontline policing and amounts to less than 20p a week. 

"The support from local taxpayers has already allowed me to increase the number of police officers and staff in the last year and this new funding settlement will see an additional 183 officers recruited this year. This is just the first phase of a recruitment which I hope will see police officers numbers rise by around 600 in total."

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, added:

"Last year we put additional resources into improving investigations to bring more criminals to justice and have recruited more call handlers to deal with 101 calls and improve the service for the public.

"These budget proposals will give Thames Valley Police an additional £30.5m this year and will ensure that we invest in initiatives such as drones and the High Tech Crime Unit. Officers will be provided with improved technology and more officers will be equipped with tasers to better protect themselves and the public." 

The budget proposals will be considered by the Police and Crime Panel on Friday February 14th.

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