The county’s police and crime Panel has agreed to support a policing budget of £170.840m for 2016/17. It will mean a 1.99 per cent rise in the police precept part of council tax bills (equivalent to 7p a week extra for band D council tax payer).
Sir Clive said: “My priority is to provide the chief constable with an appropriate level of resources to further enhance public safety, building on work already under way and enabling new and emerging challenges to be tackled effectively. That’s what people want to see.”
In return for the precept rise Sir Clive said the public will get ‘an effective police force with the permanent addition of 38 police officers and the full establishment of 251 PCSOs to be sustained beyond March 2017 in support of local policing teams.’
Sir Clive announced last year that he won’t be standing for re-election in May.