Police precept to rise to secure future of neighbourhood teams

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 February 2018

PCC Sue Mountstevens

PCC Sue Mountstevens

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Households will be hit with an extra £12 charge on council tax bills this year to protect neighbourhood policing.

The Police and Crime Panel, which has the power to veto Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s precept decisions, has supported the increase.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens insists she has been ‘lobbying hard’ to get the best deal for policing and says the constabulary aims to recruit hundreds of new police officers.

She added: “I am pleased the panel has supported my decision however I recognise any increase in household bills will be felt by residents.

“The constabulary will recruit 300 police officers this year and it is also its ambition for every primary school to be assigned a named PCSO and every secondary school a named PCSO or beat manager.”

The policing part of council tax is just over 10 per cent of the overall bill.

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