Essex Police set to increase precept

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Essex Police has announced that an increase to the police precept by the maximum permitted level of just under £5 next year will help the force retain more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and put more officers into digital crime-fighting roles

Subject to the outcome of tomorrow’s Police and Crime Panel meeting, Essex Police will retain 90 full-time equivalent PCSO roles directly funded by the force, a 50 per cent increase on the number originally proposed in October 2015 as part of the force’s transformation programme.

A further nine roles will be directly funded by third party organisations.

The force is also set to invest in around 20 roles for officers in local teams trained in the investigation of digital crime including online fraud.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “The historic under-funding of Essex Police continues to undermine my ability to deliver the consistency of policing to local people I and they expect.

“I have made this case to the PCC and welcome his willingness to seek a further increase in policing precept. An increase of around 10p per week would keep more PCSOs within the force, tackle changing crime in the county and is the best way of protecting and serving the people of Essex.