PCC’s new budget ensures more resources for West Yorkshire Police including further recruitment of 140 police officers and staff (6 Feb 2018)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a set a new budget for 2018/19 to provide more resources for West Yorkshire Police.

The PCC's budget was formally supported by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel at a meeting last Friday (02/02).

The new budget sees a £12 increase in the police element of council tax, known as the police precept, which equates to an extra £1 a month for residents in Band D properties. However for most people in West Yorkshire the increase will be less than £10 a year or less than 80 pence per month, given that over 75% of properties are in Bands A,B and C.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I am very pleased to say that, with the help of our communities and the support of the Police and Crime Panel, I have been able to set a budget that allows more resources for West Yorkshire Police to help keep us safe.

"The new budget will protect Police Community Support Officer (PSCOs) numbers and fund the further recruitment of more than 140 Police Officers/staff, some of whom will be allocated to tackle key priority areas such as cyber crime, safeguarding and investigations.

"79% of people I have surveyed before setting the budget said they would be prepared to pay more a year for policing. I certainly didn't want to put any extra burden on local tax payers but the fact is these new resources just simply wouldn't be available if it wasn't for the help of our communities in helping me raise the additional funds.

"The Government has imposed a further real terms cut to our budget which equates to over £9m this year alone. This is despite already cutting our budget by roughly a third since 2010 at the cost of over 2000 police jobs.

"This precept increase will ensure more resources will be allocated to strengthen neighbourhood policing and to tackle the priorities that matter to local people such as road safety, cyber crime, child sex exploitation and domestic abuse to name a few.

"I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police and our partners to ensure we invest wisely in key areas, increase collaboration and secure more efficiencies to help tackle the various and complex policing demands and keep our communities safe and feeling safe."

Chief Constable Dee Collins of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are continuing to work hard to protect the most vulnerable in our local communities in the face of increasingly complex demand.

"Inevitably, those complex challenges not only require a different approach, they are also resource intensive, so I am determined that any additional officers and staff we can recruit are used as effectively and efficiently as possible, for the benefit of all our communities.

"The significant challenges we face include child sexual exploitation, cyber crime and organised crime. We must continually evolve to meet these challenging demands, while also reshaping the organisation and continuing our work to recruit a truly representative workforce."

A paper outlining the plans for the budget was submitted to the Police and Crime Panel ahead of the meeting on 3 February, to read it visit http://www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk/meetings/2018/friday-2nd-februrary.

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