Police precept rise recommended by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Chief constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick
Chief constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick

Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has confirmed he intends to maintain numbers of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) at their current levels for a further year.

The commitment forms part of the proposals Mr Hardwick has submitted to the County’s Police and Crime Panel.

These include a recommended council tax precept increase of 1.95%. For the majority of Lincolnshire residents this amounts to approximately 7 pence per week.

Mr Hardwick said: “My proposal ensures I am able to continue to deliver all of the commitments I made in my Police and Crime Plan. Most importantly it means the Chief Constable can deliver what the people of Lincolnshire tell me they want to see. Visible, local policing is the bedrock of policing in Britain and it is essential we do all we can to maintain it in Lincolnshire.”

Mr Hardwick’s submission to the Police and Crime Panel continues to highlight the challenges Lincolnshire Police will face in future years.

“Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has clearly stated it has concerns about the ability of Lincolnshire Police to maintain its current level of service to the communities of Lincolnshire beyond 2016 and deems us to be at risk,” he added.

“Without a more equitable slice of the national police grant, or substantial precept rises in future years, we would see significant degradation of service from 2016 onwards. That would undoubtedly take the form of fewer PCSOs, police officers and the staff who support them. The Chief Constable and I have been taking this message to the heart of Government over recent weeks and they are listening.”

“The Chief Constable and I are optimistic for the coming year and beyond. As a low cost and efficient organisation, we are very much part of the solution to building a sustainable model for police funding. For Lincolnshire this will result in a fairer deal for our communities, help us to continue to reduce crime and ensure our services are there when people need them.”

The PCC’s report and the proposed policing precept will be put before a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on February 6.