Police Commissioner calls for people to pay more for policing

Bournemouth Echo: Martyn Underhill Martyn Underhill

Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is proposing to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95% for 2014-15.

He says the rise is essential to strengthen the Force by the recruitment of new officers and the investment of new technology.

The Commissioner claims the rise is needed to balance the need of providing an effective policing service, while minimising as far as possible the cost to taxpayers. This will partly offset the 3.3% reduction in government grant funding for 2014-15.

The proposed rise to the precept, the part of the Council Tax that pays for police services, is the equivalent of a 7 pence weekly increase or, a rise from £183.51 to £187.09 annually, for a band D household. This will take Dorset Police’s budget to £112.8 million for 2014-15.

The Commissioner will put his proposals to the Police and Crime Panel on February 6.

Once the Commissioner and the Panel agree a figure it will be implemented from April 1.

Mr Underhill said: “It is right that we invest in the future to create an efficient and effective Force. I have sought to balance the needs of our police service with the demands on families across Dorset. I am proposing a rise of 1.95%. This produces a challenging but achievable budget for Dorset Police that will enable us to protect service to the public whilst minimising demands on taxpayers.

“My priority is to keep people in Dorset safe. Everywhere I go, people tell me that they want a more visible Force.

“Before I was elected, police officer recruitment in Dorset was frozen. I reversed that decision and recruited 12 new officers this year. This proposal will secure another 16 officers for Dorset, adding fresh leadership and skills.

“If we don’t recruit, the profile of the Force will become unbalanced and we will begin to be unrepresentative of the communities that we serve.”

“This budget also allows investment in new technology such as body-worn cameras. This proposal will fund around 300 body worn videos for officers across Dorset which he claims will result in better policing, more accountability and will lead to more convictions. These cameras are intended to aid evidence gathering, such as statements from domestic abuse victims. With the video you capture the atmosphere. There is nothing lost in translation.”

“It will also fund a cyber-crime awareness campaign to help residents and businesses in Dorset identify and protect themselves from online threats. This prolonged awareness campaign is necessary to improve public knowledge of online security. Knowledge is the best defence against this crime.”

“Over the last year, I have also dedicated resources into tackling rural crime in Dorset. This proposal will fund rural vehicles to patrol our more remote communities enhancing the ability to patrol and respond off road.”

Details of the Commissioner’s precept proposals are open for public consultation until the end of January. The Commissioner is urging people to share their views on the budget which is available via his website: www.dorset.pcc.police.uk People can also contact the Office for the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner by email: pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk or tel: 01202 223966.

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9:55am Wed 18 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

How about paying less for a naff Commissioner and more towards real policing!!??
How about paying less for a naff Commissioner and more towards real policing!!?? Controversial But True

10:07am Wed 18 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

"Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is proposing to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95% for 2014-15."

So says one of the biggest wastes of good money in the local Police Force!
"Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is proposing to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95% for 2014-15." So says one of the biggest wastes of good money in the local Police Force! muscliffman

10:34am Wed 18 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

Once again a comment removed for expressing a belief that the new crime commissioner bends the truth or is a complete liar, the Echo is also, in my view, supportive of this pen pushers lies and spin.
Once again a comment removed for expressing a belief that the new crime commissioner bends the truth or is a complete liar, the Echo is also, in my view, supportive of this pen pushers lies and spin. Hessenford

10:45am Wed 18 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

7 pence a week increase sounds cheap, an extra £3.64 per year, but add this to all the other rises such as utility bills, council tax, fuel prices and food prices and it equates to a very large amount of money for people to find at a time when no one is getting any pay rises for the forth year running.
Most people in this country have had to budget downward because of the recession, its about time councils and the police did the same to give us all a little breathing space for once, a good cost cutting measure.would be to get shot of Martyn Underhill.
7 pence a week increase sounds cheap, an extra £3.64 per year, but add this to all the other rises such as utility bills, council tax, fuel prices and food prices and it equates to a very large amount of money for people to find at a time when no one is getting any pay rises for the forth year running. Most people in this country have had to budget downward because of the recession, its about time councils and the police did the same to give us all a little breathing space for once, a good cost cutting measure.would be to get shot of Martyn Underhill. Hessenford

10:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

utciad says...

One wonders how many 'real' police officers Mr Underhill's salary would employ, rather than another 'office bound mouthpiece' who appears to do nothing but talk about 'more funding'. whilst drawing a mammoth salary, and employing a whole bushel of 'staff' on more big salaries!!
Where are his comments/actions on real issues regarding the police??
One wonders how many 'real' police officers Mr Underhill's salary would employ, rather than another 'office bound mouthpiece' who appears to do nothing but talk about 'more funding'. whilst drawing a mammoth salary, and employing a whole bushel of 'staff' on more big salaries!! Where are his comments/actions on real issues regarding the police?? utciad

11:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

rayc says...

The whole idea of funding the Police by a link to some notional value of property is ludicrous. The same can be said about County based Police Services in this day and age with their multi layers of management.
The whole link between Police and local property values should be removed and they should be paid wholly out of general taxation.
The whole idea of funding the Police by a link to some notional value of property is ludicrous. The same can be said about County based Police Services in this day and age with their multi layers of management. The whole link between Police and local property values should be removed and they should be paid wholly out of general taxation. rayc

11:04am Wed 18 Dec 13

Wackerone says...

Regardless of the Crime Commisioner issues, the simple question is do you want a proper police force or not. Personally, I would be prepared to pay a lot more than 7 pence per week to improve the current situation and obtain a lot more officers on the streets.
Regardless of the Crime Commisioner issues, the simple question is do you want a proper police force or not. Personally, I would be prepared to pay a lot more than 7 pence per week to improve the current situation and obtain a lot more officers on the streets. Wackerone

11:30am Wed 18 Dec 13

fireflier says...

Can this man read?

Then read the report for the 'Commision on Living Standards' and realise most people are really struggling with bills and fuel costs.

We cannot find any more cash to fund his 'pet' theory just to create the impression he is actually doing something.

Save his salary and give that to the police directly.
Can this man read? Then read the report for the 'Commision on Living Standards' and realise most people are really struggling with bills and fuel costs. We cannot find any more cash to fund his 'pet' theory just to create the impression he is actually doing something. Save his salary and give that to the police directly. fireflier

11:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

bobthedestroyer says...

Idiot!! People are struggling to pay their bills as it is. If he gave up his job and got rid of the stupid roles he's created there's some savings there.
Idiot!! People are struggling to pay their bills as it is. If he gave up his job and got rid of the stupid roles he's created there's some savings there. bobthedestroyer

12:11pm Wed 18 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

His pay rise alone will probably cover a couple of officers. Do the decent thing, take a pay cut to a level that equals the job you are doing and put it towards more officers.
His pay rise alone will probably cover a couple of officers. Do the decent thing, take a pay cut to a level that equals the job you are doing and put it towards more officers. canfordcherry

2:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

skydriver says...

Let's make an agreement. You cut your salary, and the rest of us might consider your request............I will not hold my breath though.
Let's make an agreement. You cut your salary, and the rest of us might consider your request............I will not hold my breath though. skydriver

7:14pm Wed 18 Dec 13

sea poole says...

...and when it's re-election time again for Commissioner, you can all bet your bottom dollar (as long as it's not gone into the precept increase) he'll be seeking your views. Can anyone read anywhre in this article about 'consultation?' Is this part of 'localism' -or just for taking our monies...?
...and when it's re-election time again for Commissioner, you can all bet your bottom dollar (as long as it's not gone into the precept increase) he'll be seeking your views. Can anyone read anywhre in this article about 'consultation?' Is this part of 'localism' -or just for taking our monies...? sea poole

7:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

Is that the job description on the sign behind him? Staff Rest Area, Special events command?
Is that the job description on the sign behind him? Staff Rest Area, Special events command? UrbanCrab

7:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

rayc wrote:
The whole idea of funding the Police by a link to some notional value of property is ludicrous. The same can be said about County based Police Services in this day and age with their multi layers of management.
The whole link between Police and local property values should be removed and they should be paid wholly out of general taxation.
Absolutely.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: The whole idea of funding the Police by a link to some notional value of property is ludicrous. The same can be said about County based Police Services in this day and age with their multi layers of management. The whole link between Police and local property values should be removed and they should be paid wholly out of general taxation.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. UrbanCrab

10:20pm Wed 18 Dec 13

black_rat says...

Harsh comments, the PCC's office costs a mere 700k per year..oh hang on, that would pay for about 14 more full time Police Officers. In the last 2 years Dorset 'recruited12', see the maths prove it - the PCC is costing more and more and the number of Officers decreases. Wait until next yer and I bet his 'staff' increases, AGAIN......:(
Harsh comments, the PCC's office costs a mere 700k per year..oh hang on, that would pay for about 14 more full time Police Officers. In the last 2 years Dorset 'recruited12', see the maths prove it - the PCC is costing more and more and the number of Officers decreases. Wait until next yer and I bet his 'staff' increases, AGAIN......:( black_rat

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