Additional Pound a Month to Invest in Hertfordshire Police
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire is proposing an increase of £1 a month on the average household council tax rate to invest in more officers and additional investigation teams.

Following this week’s announcement by the Home Office, David Lloyd will be able to raise an additional £5.3m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2018/19.

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This will be spent on protecting neighbourhood policing teams, investing in additional officers from the Operation Scorpion* units to help tackle burglary, anti-social behaviour and drug-related crime.

Additional funding will also be placed into the Force Control Room, where 999 and 101 calls have risen dramatically since the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

There will also be more funding for crime investigation teams to make sure that victims of crime receive the best care possible.

David Lloyd said:

“This settlement is welcome and helps to secure funding for Hertfordshire in a year which has seen a significant rise in demand on our officers.

“I’ve always maintained I will not make the public pay a penny more for policing than they have to, and despite this increase Hertfordshire residents will still pay one of the lowest contributions for policing in the country.

“This is your chance to have a say on the amount you pay for policing in Hertfordshire. This will help to increase officer numbers and provide more resources into the areas of policing which really make a difference.”

If you would like to send me comments, please email them or write to: The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ by 31st January 2018.

The government has provided PCCs with the ability to raise the police section of the council tax by an average of £1 per month.
This represents a 7.9% increase in Hertfordshire’s council tax precept, which equates to a £1 per month increase on current levels for the average household (Band D equivalent – the increase will be applied to all households proportionately).

The police precept accounts for just under 40% of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant which has been frozen for the next year, and the rest is from constabulary reserves.

For more details see the Home Office’s press release on this from Tuesday 19th December.

* Operation Scorpion is Hertfordshire Constabulary's initiative to relentlessly pursue criminals, bring them to justice and make Hertfordshire a more hostile place for them. It targets burglars, robbers, vehicle thieves and related drug crime. Activity will be focussed on those criminals causing the most harm to our communities through a wide range of proactive work carried out by police officers and staff across the Constabulary. Crime is low in Hertfordshire but there is always more we can do to help to keep you safe and your property secure. They act on information received from the public as well as other evidence we have gathered about suspected crime.