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Policing Precept

Alert message sent 21/12/2017 16:00:00

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Dear residents,

On Tuesday 19 December, the Policing Minister announced the proposed level of core funding that will be made available to policing in 2018/19, leaving forces nationally in a difficult position. You can read my full thoughts here.

This includes Dorset, which has experienced increased demand and a reduction in funding, in turn having a significant impact on officer and staff welfare. Never in my 38 years in policing have I seen staff so exhausted, demand so high, and morale so low.

This week, the Government failed to provide any additional funding, proposing a flat cash settlement for Dorset. To compensate, the Minister has given Police & Crime Commissioners additional flexibility to raise their local policing precept by £1.00 per month for an average Band D Household.

I am disappointed that the burden has once again been passed onto council tax payers, but the reality is policing needs more money to simply maintain the current level of service.

I therefore am asking for your views on your contribution to funding Dorset Police.  The survey will take just a couple of minutes to complete, so I would really appreciate you taking the time to do so. It is vital I gather the views of as many local people as possible. Please click the link below.


I would like to close by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Martyn Underhill

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner

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