Neighbourhood police teams will be boosted if increased budget gets approval

 Neighbourhood police teams will be boosted if increased budget gets approval

PICTURED: Police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping

Nottingham’s police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping  has announced plans to recruit 33 extra officers for local neighbourhood police teams to help people “feel safe, and be safe, on the streets”.

Paddy Tipping revealed today that he plans to recruit 40 police officers in total if his proposed budget for 2019-20 wins approval.

It will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel at its meeting on February 7.

A report published today shows that the new recruits would take the total number of officers in the county ‘to over 2000’.

It also reveals plans to form a force robbery team made up of seven officers.  The new robbery team would work closely with the knife crime team to pro-actively target offenders.

There would also be an increase in knife and hate crime prevention activity aimed at younger people, particularly those who are moving from primary to secondary education.

Mr Tipping said he had listened closely to public views before working with the Chief Constable to develop a budget to ‘increase visibility and respond to what the public want’.

He said: “People want to see more officers out and about in communities. They want to feel safe, and be safe, on the streets and in their neighbourhoods. We must address the issues that concern people most.

“That’s why I also fund a number of crime prevention initiatives in the community and the Chief Constable has put Schools Officers across the force.

“We want to broaden this preventative approach by working with local schools and the third sector at a time when both are under considerable strain. It’s a longer-term investment aimed at enabling younger people to make good life choices as, sadly, at the moment young people continue to be over-represented as both victims and offenders in knife-related crime.”

Chief Constable Craig Guildford added that: “Public surveys keep telling us that people want to see local Neighbourhood officers patrolling their area and solving problems, investigating crimes and tackling ASB.

“We will also have a new robbery team, which will operate across the force, responding to intelligence and using some of the most intrusive policing techniques in our bid to make Nottinghamshire a no-go area for robbery and violent crime.”

The Commissioner will present his plans to the Police and Crime Panel for its scrutiny and approval of the policing precept.

Mr Tipping will explain that he intends to set the budget for policing Nottinghamshire in 2019/20 at £206.3m, with a Band D property paying a total of £219.33 per annum towards policing. However, as we know most people will pay less than this due to the predominance of Band A and B properties across the force area.

The revenue budget for policing and community safety in Nottinghamshire for 2019-20 is proposed at a figure of £206.3m – £13.2m more than the 2018-19 figure of £193.1m.

Of this, £138.6m comes from the Government and £69.5m would come from local taxpayers through the policing precept on the council tax.

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