South Yorkshire Police has asked for the maximum increase possible for the portion of council tax spent on policing.
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings asked for a £12 increase per year for a Band D property – the maximum permitted by the government.
Most properties in South Yorkshire are in lower bands, meaning the increases will be £8 per year for a Band A property and £9.33 for those in Band B.
Dr Billings said during public consultation exercises, 80 per cent of residents said they were prepared to pay more for policing but would expect to see more officers in communities and an improvement in the 101 telephone service used to report non urgent incidents and to speak to officers.
Cash awarded to help Rotherham’s Roma girls understand dangers of child sexual exploitation
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded a £4,667 grant to help Roma girls living in Rotherham understand the dangers of child sexual exploitation.
Dr Alan Billings awarded the cash to the Clifton Learning Partnership to help Roma girls in Eastwood learn about child sexual exploitation and how to avoid unhealthy relationships.
Louise Haigh: Why police cuts are unsustainable in Yorkshire
WHEN the most recent crime figures were released, they revealed that recorded crime had risen at the fastest rate for a generation. The last time our communities suffered a surge on this scale was in 1992, the year of Black Wednesday.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, overall crime is up by 18 per cent, which is more than the national average. Violent offences have risen by a staggering amount – by a third across the region. Although, worryingly, in South Yorkshire that figure is closer to two thirds. Domestic burglary, harassment and stalking offenses and public order offences have also risen alarmingly across the region.
Maximum rise for South Yorkshire Police precept
SOUTH Yorkshire’s police precept will increase by the maximum allowed this year, the region’s commissioner has confirmed.
The rise is equal to £12 per year for a band D property — and £7.3 million will also be taken from the force’s reserves.
The Government announced in December that South Yorkshire Police would receive a central grant of £186.4 million in 2018/19.