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Leicestershire Police and crime commissioner launch online survey to help set the budget

People are being asked if they are prepared to pay more council tax to support their local police force.

Leicestershire's police and crime commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, has launched an online survey to help him set the budget for 2020 to 2021.

The survey asks people if they would support paying more towards policing next year or whether they think Leicestershire Police - which covers Rutland - should receive more funding from central government.

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Leicestershire Police (13359134)

Between 2010 and 2018, the number of police officers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland fell by nearly a quarter.

The 2019 to 2020 budget - with help from funding raised through council tax - bought an additional 107 police officers to the service.

Mr Bach said: “The increases in police numbers that I have been able to make over the past few years have had an impact on crime locally, but the national picture is still a worrying one and the threats are very challenging.

“Reductions in funding have been accompanied by a national increase in recorded crime.”

About two-thirds of police funding comes from central government – the rest is raised through local council tax.

Despite a promised increase of 20,000 police officers nationally over the next three years, it is still unclear how many will be allocated to Leicestershire Police and how the recruitment will be funded.

However, Leicestershire Police believes that more are desperately needed to tackle community problems and new threats posed by terrorism, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, modern slavery and online crime.

Mr Bach added: “The Government’s grant looks set to continue to decline in real terms.

“So that Leicestershire Police can provide the best possible service to local communities, I have little option but to consider increasing the policing element of your local council Band D tax bill."

To complete the survey, click here.

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