100 more police 'a good first step'
An increase in the policing part of the council tax means the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens can recruit 100 new officers and invest in operations to focus on burglary, drugs and violent crime.
Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Panel approved the plans to raise £15 million to manage cost pressures and generate some additional funds for investment by raising the policing part of the council tax by £2 a month for a band D property.
Ms Mountstevens said: “I fully understand that this is a big increase for households. However I have to balance the challenges facing policing; the increased threat from criminality and the safety of residents.
“I want local people to see and feel a difference in the Constabulary’s fight against crime. Just like last year we will continue to protect neighbourhood policing the very ‘eyes and ears’ of our communities and invest in additional officers for the first time in over a decade.
“This money will not fix everything but it’s the first investment we’ve seen since austerity begun in 2010 and it’s a big step in the right direction.”