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Cambridgeshire's Acting Police Commissioner thanks public for their support for police funding in recent survey

Just under three quarters of people who responded to a survey agreed a £1.25 a month rise in Council Tax for Cambridgeshire's police force was value for money.

The survey, which ran online for two weeks from January 5, asked the public whether they thought the £1.25 per month to the policing part of council tax (known as the precept and based on a Band D property) was value for money.

Cambridgeshire's Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby is required by law to set the budget for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and, as part of this, determine how much people living in the county contribute to policing in their council tax each year.

Ray Bisby. (44125782)
Ray Bisby. (44125782)

If raisedby £1.25, the increase will enable the Chief Constable to implement a number of improvements to the service including: Additional call handlers; additional support for responding to calls for service from the vulnerable; cyber, online prevention officers; Digital Media Investigators; increased capacity for handling digital contact from the public; additional support for the development of frontline officers

The survey also included a number of additional questions regarding policing and crime and how safe people feel in their communities.

Mr Bisby said: “It is difficult to ask people to pay more money towards services, particularly with the economic hardship some find themselves in due to the ongoing pandemic, however it is vital that we do everything we can to make sure our police force is as effective and efficient as it can be so that people living and working in Cambridgeshire continue to receive the best possible service.

“The views expressed within the survey will inform my final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.”

A total of 1,270 people responded to the survey and 70.06 per cent agreed the proposed rise was value for money.

A full report on the Acting Commissioner’s survey will now be submitted to the police and crime panel for their meeting today (3) where the proposed precept will be scrutinised and either approved or vetoed.

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