Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to hear the views of local businesses on plans to increase the number of police officers, community support officers and police staff investigators by up to 100. The investment in new officers – made possible through an increase to the portion of Council Tax which pays for policing – would help Warwickshire Police meet rising demand and provide a better service to local communities.
Under the proposals, achieving the maximum number of new officers would require an increase of £2 per month for an average Band D council tax payer, but could deliver 85 new police officer posts, five new police community support officers and an additional 10 police staff investigators.
As well as these additional officers, the extra funding would also ensure that much-needed investments could continue to be made into modernising police IT and estates to ensure they are efficient and effective, enabling Warwickshire Police to deliver an improved service to the public.
Options for increases of £1.50 per month and £1 per month at Band D are also being consulted upon, but these would see fewer new officers posts created and no new PCSOs or police investigators appointed.
The Commissioner wants to hear your views on these proposals and has launched an online consultation to gain feedback from as wide a range of communities as possible.
You can give your feedback online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.
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In addition, the Commissioner is also holding a special event for businesses to give their feedback on the proposals. It will be held at 2pm on Thursday 10 January at the Northgate House Conference Centre in Warwick. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01926 412322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.