Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel has approved a £1 a month increase on the average household’s council tax to fund additional officers and more staff for the Constabulary.
The decision was unanimously approved by the panel members, a group of local councillors and independent members of the public whose job it is to scrutinise and support the work of the PCC.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says the money will be used to protect neighbourhood policing teams, investing in additional officers from the Operation Scorpion units to help tackle burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug-related crime.
Additional funding will also be placed into the Force Control Room, where 999 and 101 calls have risen dramatically since the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Increased support for victims will be provided through the expansion of the Constabulary’s victim services team and an enhanced Beacon Victim Care Centre, delivering greater and specialised support to victims.
David Lloyd said:
“I’m pleased the panel has approved this budget as it provides long-term security to our local policing teams as well as investing to meet the increased demands on the force.
“The increase will provide more officers on the streets, more staff answering your calls, more staff for investigations, more investment in community safety, criminal justice and police innovations and at the same time allowing more savings and efficiency to take place.”
Residents will start to see the increase in April’s council tax bills. The average increase on a weekly bill will be 23p.