Backing for rise in Dorset Police precept

Bournemouth Echo: INCREASE: Martyn Underhill INCREASE: Martyn Underhill

A PROPOSAL to increase the amount Dorset residents pay for policing is currently supported by more than half the people who have responded to the consul-tation.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is seeking to increase the amount people pay for policing in Dorset by 1.95 per cent for the forthcoming financial year, pledging to invest the money in new officers and new technology.

Dorset residents have until January 31 to have their say on this suggestion via an online poll on the Dorset PCC website.

Currently, 54 per cent of respondents say that a 1.95 per cent increase – around £3.60 a year – is “about right.”

However, almost a third – 29 per cent – say the police precept should be reduced, 11 per cent support a bigger increase and seven per cent say it should increase by less than 1.95 per cent.

Residents taking part in the consultation also have a chance to leave a comment for Mr Underhill.

Paul Thackray wrote: “Until we achieve the efficiencies and savings possible and deploy resources more effectively I do not think any increase is justified.

“Everyone has to recognise that the bonanza is over and we all have to start living within our means.”

But David Butcher wrote: “We are all struggling but cannot afford to limit what the police do.

“The government cuts and lack of funding for Dorset Police is madness and will cost us all more in the future.”

Mr Underhill said the increase would partly offset a 3.3 per cent reduction in government grant funding and would help them recruit 16 new officers, fund 300 body cams, allow him to launch a cyber crime awareness campaign and increase vehicle provision in rural communities.

But he is likely to face some opposition in his bid to increase Dorset Police’s share of the council tax.

Cllr John Adams, chairman of the Dorset Police and Crime Panel, has warned they will need to be convinced that all possible savings had been exhausted before they would agree to an increase.

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7:35am Mon 20 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

While I in principle support the increase we are basically being asked to pay ( or at least in part ) for a new overhead viz Mr Underhill & his Department
While I in principle support the increase we are basically being asked to pay ( or at least in part ) for a new overhead viz Mr Underhill & his Department billy bumble
  • Score: 4

8:03am Mon 20 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Please stop treating us as fools, "currently supported by more than half the people who have responded to the consultation." Here is an alternative probably far more realistic angle on the subject "currently not supported by the majority of the people in Dorset, who have not felt inclined to respond to the 'consultation'."

As a percentage of the Dorset population exactly how many have bothered to respond to an online 'consultation' from a PCC most of them never even wanted or certainly voted for - we should be told. Maybe if there was a similar online exercise suggesting the PCC and his department were discharged and the resultant savings used to fund extra Police Officers more people would engage, although I think we can all safely presume the outcome!
Please stop treating us as fools, "currently supported by more than half the people who have responded to the consultation." Here is an alternative probably far more realistic angle on the subject "currently not supported by the majority of the people in Dorset, who have not felt inclined to respond to the 'consultation'." As a percentage of the Dorset population exactly how many have bothered to respond to an online 'consultation' from a PCC most of them never even wanted or certainly voted for - we should be told. Maybe if there was a similar online exercise suggesting the PCC and his department were discharged and the resultant savings used to fund extra Police Officers more people would engage, although I think we can all safely presume the outcome! muscliffman
  • Score: 9

8:23am Mon 20 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

A Big Big Lie.Muscliffman tells the truth.
A Big Big Lie.Muscliffman tells the truth. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

8:59am Mon 20 Jan 14

High Treason says...

billy bumble wrote:
While I in principle support the increase we are basically being asked to pay ( or at least in part ) for a new overhead viz Mr Underhill & his Department
This is how I feel and why are so many resources being used to police nightclubs and we have to cover the cost. Mr Underhill needs to justify his large salary with perks before asking us for more. Try a zero tolerance policy and fine everyone who breaks the law. It is pointless taking a drunk to the cells for the night and then letting them off with a caution. Fine them, at least we get some of the costs back.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: While I in principle support the increase we are basically being asked to pay ( or at least in part ) for a new overhead viz Mr Underhill & his Department[/p][/quote]This is how I feel and why are so many resources being used to police nightclubs and we have to cover the cost. Mr Underhill needs to justify his large salary with perks before asking us for more. Try a zero tolerance policy and fine everyone who breaks the law. It is pointless taking a drunk to the cells for the night and then letting them off with a caution. Fine them, at least we get some of the costs back. High Treason
  • Score: 3

9:46am Mon 20 Jan 14

rayc says...

This consultation was always going to end up with the desired result, lessons have obviously been learnt from Council ones.
Funding the Police by a link to the notional value of property is completely nonsensical and does not reflect on the 'worth' of the Police to the residents of the County. Why do those with the highest rated properties pay more towards the Police, do they get more for their larger contribution?
This consultation was always going to end up with the desired result, lessons have obviously been learnt from Council ones. Funding the Police by a link to the notional value of property is completely nonsensical and does not reflect on the 'worth' of the Police to the residents of the County. Why do those with the highest rated properties pay more towards the Police, do they get more for their larger contribution? rayc
  • Score: 2

9:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

skydriver says...

When will the recruitment campaign start for these16 extra police officers,? I hope they will be police rather than PCSOs..
An answer from mr Underhill would be nice .I'm sure he reads these comments or one of his staff.
When will the recruitment campaign start for these16 extra police officers,? I hope they will be police rather than PCSOs.. An answer from mr Underhill would be nice .I'm sure he reads these comments or one of his staff. skydriver
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Mon 20 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

What consultation? I've not been consulted, and I'll be required to pay this proposed increase.....
What consultation? I've not been consulted, and I'll be required to pay this proposed increase..... speedy231278
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

black_rat says...

Less than 10% voted for him so will the Echo tell us how many responded to the alleged consultation so we can see what 'over 50%' actually means....
And what consultation, I wasn't approached !
I saw a picture of one of his consultations which was reported as a great success in the Echo.... Counted 17 people, all looked retired and waiting for the Bingo to start !
Less than 10% voted for him so will the Echo tell us how many responded to the alleged consultation so we can see what 'over 50%' actually means.... And what consultation, I wasn't approached ! I saw a picture of one of his consultations which was reported as a great success in the Echo.... Counted 17 people, all looked retired and waiting for the Bingo to start ! black_rat
  • Score: 1

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