Police council tax precept to rise

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Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ proposed council tax precept rise has been given the green light to pay for frontline policing.

The increase equates to an annual rise of £3.21 for Band D and £2.14 for Band A households and will deliver £1m a year towards the police budget – saving at least 20 police officer jobs in years to come.

The police and crime panel has also given backed the commissioner’s budget and his draft Police and Crime Plan.

Mr Charles said: “I am delighted the panel agrees with my proposals as I believe they are the way forward to maintain frontline police officer posts, which are so crucial to protecting the public.

“If we didn’t increase the precept now it would lead to a further fall in police numbers. In all, police funding in the county has lost out on some £30m over the past seven years.”