How much would you pay for policing in Cambridgeshire? Commissioner Jason Ablewhite launches a survey to find out

Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite has launched a survey to ask Cambridgeshire people if they would be willing to pay more for the county's policing.
Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite has launched a survey to ask Cambridgeshire people if they would be willing to pay more for the county's policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is asking members of the public how much they are willing to support policing as part of their council tax for 2018/19.

In order to gather views, the Commissioner is today (Friday 5th January) launching a short survey.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said: “One of my duties as Police and Crime Commissioner is to ensure that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has the resources it needs to keep people safe. The Constabulary is already a very efficient force with savings of £17.2 million made over the last five years to meet budget reductions. This has been achieved in a number of ways including reducing back office staff and collaborating with other forces, other emergency services and partner organisations.

“A recent review of local policing has also found savings to fund an extra 50 front line officers however we still need to do more to respond to an increase in demand, increase our ability to investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.

“As we look forward and plan our budget for 2018/19, it is important for me to understand your views on how much you are willing to pay towards policing the county. Changes in crime types and an overall increase in calls for service means that more officers are needed to keep people safe.

“If each household (in a Band D property) paid just one extra pound each month, it would make a big difference, equating to an additional 55 Police Officers.

“I would like to thank you in advance and look forward to hearing your views.”

A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3CD8P3. Your views will then inform the Commissioner’s final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.

The survey runs from Friday January 5 until Monday January 29

Views can also given by telephone: 0300 333 3456 or by email: cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk.

If emailing or telephoning, please state whether you agree with:

Option 1: you agree to an increase by £1 per month (an increase of 55 Police Officers)

Option 2: you agree to an increase by 33p per month (maintain planned numbers with no additional increase)

Option 3: no increase (reduce officer numbers of find equivalent savings)