Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane thanks the public for their input and views into a three-week long consultation on police funding in Cheshire.
Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to join the conversation, whether this was through the online survey, via social media, e-mail, or by attending one of the public consultation events I held in each of the local council areas. I have been delighted with the level of interest shown by our communities with well over 1000 online responses from individuals and businesses being added to hundreds of comments and conversations across the board.
“Given the level of interest I have not been able to respond to all comments individually but please be assured that work is now underway to analyse the results of the consultation and all the views that I have received will be added to results of the survey.”
The next step is agreeing a budget and making a decision on the level of the policing precept that will then be presented to the Police & Crime Panel on 3rd February.
Mr Keane continues: “It will not be an easy decision. The Government’s approach to the police grant does not take into account inflation and maintaining police funding relies on Commissioners increasing the local policing precept. Government also stipulates that any increase above 2% in Cheshire would require a countywide referendum which would incur considerable costs in the region of £1 million to the public purse. Similarly any reduction in the precept would result in considerable cuts to local police funding.
“Residents of Cheshire have my commitment that I will remain focused on delivering value for money for you. You also have my assurance that I will keep you updated on my decision and the setting of the police budget.
“Once again thank you for being as part of the consultation.”
Residents of Cheshire have my commitment that I will remain focused on delivering value for money for you. You also have my assurance that I will keep you updated on my decision and the setting of the police budget.