Essex’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel approves 7.62% increase in force’s council tax precept

Police and crime commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Police and crime commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING - Credit: Archant

Essex’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel has approved an average £12 increase in council tax - which looks to provide 150 more frontline officers in the county.

The increase, proposed by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, is a 7.62% rise in the police element of the council tax.

Mr Hirst said he was delighted his proposal has been accepted.

He said: “Essex Police has had the lowest funding per resident of any force in the country.

“I can now increase the police element of council tax by £12 for a band D property, which is just £1 per month, to help us respond to the changing nature of crime and provide more local, visible and accessible policing.”


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The rise means the force will be able to bring the total number of officers to at least 3,000 by the end of 2018/19.

Essex Police has also identified a further £3.5million in potential savings which will be reinvested back into the force.

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