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Police precept in Suffolk to increase from April to help fund additional full-time officers

Plans to increase the policing portion of council tax in Suffolk have been given the green light, to help fund the addition of more officers to the county’s service.

Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore confirmed the policing element of the tax bill would go up by 4.69 per cent – equal to an extra £10 a year for a band D property – for the 2020/21 financial year, after his proposals received unanimous approval from the Police and Crime Panel last Friday.

This will increase Suffolk’s overall policing budget by £9.6 million to a total of £143.82 million.

Tim Passmore who is the Police Commissioner for Suffolk. (28509011)
Tim Passmore who is the Police Commissioner for Suffolk. (28509011)

Mr Passmore explained that the extra money would help to recruit 20 extra full-time police officers, seven of whom will form a new proactive neighbourhood policing team, with the remaining 13 deployed across various crime disruption and enforcement units.

It will also pay for six civilian investigators to support the Sentinel teams tackling serious crime on the county’s road networks, as well as 10 police staff working in areas such as modern slavery, domestic abuse and outcome resolution.

“I take no pleasure at all in increasing the policing element of the precept, but, if we are to improve policing in the county, it is necessary,” said Mr Passmore.

“Difficult decisions had to be made, but the overwhelming view of the people who I talk to say they want more officers policing the county and this proposal gives us that.

“Last year’s extra money has been very well used and the increased focus on organised crime groups, violence, county lines and illegal drug use has produced some stellar results.”

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