Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach’s plans to increase police visibility have been supported by the Police and Crime Panel.
Following a presentation by the commissioner, the panel considered and unanimously approved the PCC’s funding proposals for meeting the operational demands of policing in 2017-18.
Lord Bach recommended a small increase in the amount of council tax people pay towards policing of 1.99 per cent to sustain a level budget in the face of ongoing financial challenges. This equates to an extra £3.65 a year for the average Band D property.
The panel’s support means that the PCC can now give the go ahead for a recruitment campaign to fund an additional eight police officers for the force – one for each neighbourhood policing area. This is in addition to the 10 police officer posts which were incorporated into the establishment after the budget was set for 2016/17.