A two per cent council tax precept increase has been proposed to ensure police officer numbers can be maintained at their current level.
Lincolnshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick yesterday submitted his precept proposals to the county’s Police and Crime Panel.
The rise, which equates to six pence per week for most taxpayers, is hoped to fund each of Mr Hardwick’s Police and Crime Plan initiatives launched on January 14.
He said: “My proposal ensures I am able to deliver all of the commitments I have made in my Police and Crime Plan and most importantly means we can maintain 1,100 police officers in Lincolnshire.”
Other key objectives documented in the plan include the introduction of volunteer police community support officers to ensure a uniformed officer operates in every Lincolnshire community.
Mr Hardwick, who was elected to the role in November, has also pledged to retain police stations wherever there is a ‘demonstrable operational or community need.’
Future commitments to ensure all police officers wear their uniform when on duty and all vehicles involved in front line policing are clearly marked, unless there are operational reasons not to, were also unveiled in the plan.
Announcing his proposals on January 14, Mr Hardwick said: “I can achieve all this against a background of continuing government austerity because I have carried out a thorough and far reaching review of expenditure that has involved every aspect of the way in which we police the county.
“Savings have been identified that I am confident will enable the entirety of my plan to be implemented effectively and also means that I can set a budget and precept within government parameters.
“In the plan, I have recognised that partnership working is vital - it is impossible to prevent crime and ensure the safety of our communities without us all working together.
“In addition to the commitments I have made in the plan, in the coming weeks I will announce how I will fund community safety initiatives and projects that support victims.
“I believe I have a plan that will see crime reduce, deliver a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire and provide police service that are there when you need them.”