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Paying an extra £8.4mill for policing in Norfolk

Paying an extra £8.4mill for policing in Norfolk

Published by KLFM
11:06am 22nd July 2019.

We're going to pay an extra £8.4mill to pay for local policing this year.

Most police forces decided to make the same move as Norfolk has.

Our Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green says the increase means they can put more officers on our streets.

lorne green
Norfolk PCC Lorne Green

He told KLFM:

"This increase has enabled both the full roll-out of the Norfolk 2020 policing model as well as significant additional investment in the force. This has included increasing the number of full time officers by 40 to a total of 1,550.

"This is more officers than there were three years ago. It has also enabled investment in technology to help improve officer productivity and ensuring they can stay out on patrol and work remotely meaning they are able to respond more quickly to more incidents and be more visible.

"The increase has also enabled investment in new drone technology."

king's lynn police station
The money will help put more officers onto our streets

John Apter, national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, welcomed the extra cash but said passing the buck from the Government to police and crime commissioners is “grossly unfair”.

“It means the bulk of any increases in police budgets will fall on council tax payers, with no guarantees that PCCs will implement the rises.

“We also risk creating a two-tier system where wealthier communities will have more money available for local policing than others.”

king's lynn police officer ollie gilder
But the Police Federation is worried this will affect poorer communities

A Home Office spokesperson said it is up to police and crime commissioners to decide whether to increase their council tax precept.

“We recognise that demand on the police is changing and becoming more complex.

“This year police funding is increasing by over £1 billion, including council tax and new funding to tackle serious violence. This is the most substantial investment in policing since 2010.”

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