Budget Consultation 2019/20
The plan is part of the Commissioner’s draft budget for 2019/20 and would take officer numbers in West Mercia to around 2,150, the highest level seen in the force since 2012. An additional £250,000 of resource would also be dedicated to tackling rural crime.
The Commissioner held a public consultation to hear your views on these plans, which would require an increase to the police’s share of council tax in 2019/20. Bills would increase for a typical band D household by around £1.63 per month. The consultation closed on 20th January 2019.
As well as additional officers, the extra resource would also ensure continued reform of the police force so it can deal with changing demand, and sustained investment in community projects aimed at tackling the root causes of crime.
Your opinions will now be used help influence the final decision on next year’s budget.
John Campion said: “I have listened to feedback from our communities in West Mercia who have been very consistent: People want more police officers, and they want to see them out on the streets, tackling crime and keeping us safe.”
“I believe my budget proposals deliver on that. It ensures the additional capacity for our hard-working police to deliver an even better service to communities, as well as an increase in dedicated resources for rural crime.”
“I promised I would ensure the public’s money is spent as efficiently as possible before asking for any more, and have delivered on that promise with the lowest council tax increases in England and Wales in the last two years. With a clear commitment to invest this extra resource directly into additional frontline officers, I hope the communities of West Mercia will support my proposals”.
To see the details of the full draft budget report, please click here.