COMMUNITIES could see a boost of 50 extra police officers if the Police and Crime Commissioner’s first budget is approved.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s first elected PCC, is now asking residents to pay around five pence extra per week on their council tax for policing.
This will secure 50 extra police officers to be stationed across the county.
The Commissioner outlined his budget proposals for the coming year today, saying his priority is protecting frontline services.
Mr Grunshaw said: “The one thing people tell us more than any other is they want to see visible policing and to be there when they need them.
“This is in response to that and in recognition of the fact we’ve recruited very few police officers over the past few years.
“Police officers coming in gives people a boost and fills some of the gaps that are starting to appear.”
Mr Grunshaw will present his proposed budget report to the Police and Crime Panel tomorrow, which will then review it and reveal their findings by February 8.
The proposals mean an extra £3 per year in the policing element of Council Tax for a Band D property.
The former Wyre councillor said he is confident residents will see visible benefits of the rise.
The Commissioner has chosen to up the council tax rather than taking a one-off Government grant of one per cent for the policing precept, the portion of council tax allocated to police.
He said: “I believe the acceptance of the grant would have hurt the police force in the long term, I’m confident this is the right decision.”
One community leader pledged his support for the budget proposal.
Des Pulford, neighbourhood watch member for South Shore, said: “I’m sure people would be happy to pay that extra.
“I think five pence per week is nothing to ask for more officers.”