Households set for policing precept hike to secure neighbourhood teams

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 February 2018

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An extra £12 will be added to average council tax bills this year to protect neighbourhood policing.

The Police and Crime Panel, which has the power to veto Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s policing precept decisions, has supported the increase.

Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens insists she has been ‘lobbying hard’ to get the best deal for policing and says the constabulary aims to recruit hundreds of police officers this year.

Ms Mountstevens added: “I am pleased the panel has supported my decision, however I recognise any increase in household bills will be felt by residents.

“The constabulary will recruit 300 police officers this year and it is also its ambition for every primary school to be assigned a named PCSO and every secondary school a named PCSO or beat manager.”

The policing part of council tax is just over 10 per cent of the overall bill.

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