Police announce precept increase

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick is proposing to increase the force’s precept by two per cent in 2013/14.

This increase equates to seven pence per week for the average band D property.

Mr Hardwick said the increase means Lincolnshire Police is able to keep 1,100 officers on the beat.

He said: “My proposal ensures I am able to deliver all of the commitments I have made in my police and crime plan and most importantly means we can maintain 1,100 police officers in Lincolnshire.”

Mr Hardwick’s police and crime plan proposals are being formally considered along with the precept by the Police and Crime Panel when it meets on February 7.

Key priorities in the plan include the introduction of volunteer police community support officers, more special constables and opportunities to volunteer in non uniform roles.

Mr Hardwick said that in the future all police officers will wear their uniform when on duty - unless there are special reasons not to - and all police vehicles involved in front line policing will be clearly marked.

The plan says police stations will not be closed where there is a operational or community need.

Speaking at the launch of the plan, Mr Hardwick said: “I can achieve all this against a background of continuing government austerity because I have carried out a thorough and far reaching review of expenditure that has involved every aspect of the way in which we police the county.

“Savings have been identified that I am confident will enable the entirety of my plan to be implemented effectively and also mean that I can set a budget and precept within government parameters.

“ In the plan, I have recognised that partnership working is vital. It is impossible to prevent crime and ensure the safety of our communities without us all working together.

“In addition to the commitments I have made in the plan, in the coming weeks I will announce how I will fund community safety initiatives and projects that support victims.

“I believe I have a plan that will see crime reduce, deliver a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire and provide police and services that are there when you need them.”

Former TV news presenter Alan Hardwick was elected as Lincolnshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15 last year and took office a week later.

Mr Hardwick, who was standing as an independent candidate, won the vote with a majority of 4,135.

A PCC’s job is to ensure policing needs of communities are met, bring communities closer to the police, build confidence in the system and restore trust.