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Households face £2 monthly tax increase for more police

Hertfordshire plans to raise £10.7m to strengthen force

Hertfordshire police officers - image courtesy of Hertfordshire police

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire has proposed an increase of around 50p a week per average household in order to "protect neighbourhood policing teams and investment in services for victims".

David Lloyd wants to add £2 a month to the average household council tax rate to build on his investment in more officers, bringing the total to more than 2,000.

The PCC has sent out a letter via the neighbourhood watch OWL (Online Watch Link) system informing local groups of last week’s Home Office announcement which he says enables him to raise an additional £10.7m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2019/20.

David Lloyd says that while many police forces have been "cutting back their frontline", he has continued to invest heavily in "preserving and strengthening local policing".
"It helps to create a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime.  
“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan focuses on putting victims of crime first and finding ways to improve the support they require and their journey through the criminal justice system. 
"Further investment will be made in improving the service that victims receive and the outcomes for victims engaged with the criminal justice system.”
The PCC's open letter to Hertfordshire is embedded below.

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If you would like to send comments direct to the PCC they need to be submitted by 7th January 2019. You can email them to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or by letter to: The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

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