Police tax plans – for contact center and officer reinforcement – unveiled

A PUBLIC consultation has been launched on plans to raise the county police precept by an average of £10.

Combined authority union leaders say the move would improve response times.

More staff have been pledged for the Greater Manchester force contact center as part of the proposal.

Under the new plans, there would be an increase of £10 for a Band D property, or £7.77 for a Band B property, which applies to most taxpayers.

The broader package would also see 438 additional police officers, including 60 dedicated to road safety. This would apparently allow TravelSafe officers to focus on public transport security.

Days of action would also continue as well as a new community messaging system for neighborhood teams.

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Having withheld the full increase in police precept at this time last year due to performance issues, GMP is now in a different position.

“We now have a new chief constable with a new plan for improvement, and we need to show our confidence in that plan. That’s why we should support him with more resources to get GMP where it needs to be.

“Under the new Chief Constable, he has already made significant progress in tackling crime and remains on track to fully implement his plan for improvement.

“While there is still much to do, I hope the public will agree with me in this consultation process to support our police by giving them more funding so that they can truly transform into the service that we want it to be and keep our communities safe.”

Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing, added: “As we don’t have the same number of frontline officers we had in 2011, it’s critical that we continue to invest in our force to ensure that they focus on and have the resources they need to fight and prevent crime.

“Funds raised by the police precept will help us make additional and faster changes to GMPs including response times to reported crimes, apprehending more criminals, one hundred percent attendance offered to every victim burglary and more officers recruited to improve road safety.

“We want the public to have confidence in GMPs again and with the help of local ratepayers through police precept, I know we can do that.”