Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does Precept mean?
The policing precept is a contribution from local residents towards local policing. This is collected with your council tax payment and goes directly to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to allocate to the police force.
2. How were residents consulted on the proposed increase to the precept?
In 2018-2019, Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger sought the views of Cleveland's taxpayers through surveys, both in person and over the telephone. Information about the consultation and a link to the online survey was shared with residents in a number of ways to maximise the response. Dedicated communications were issued via the OPCC website, social media, and monthly email newsletter.
An alert was sent to all residents signed up to Cleveland Connected and the consultation was also highlighted on the front page of the Cleveland Police public-facing website and social media channels. A proactive media relations campaign was delivered by the OPCC to ensure that news of the consultation and a link to the survey was communicated to residents through the print press and broadcast media. Paper copies of the survey were made available on request by Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and distributed at selected public engagement events across the county.
3. What was the response to the public consultation?
In the 2018-19 consultation approximately 1,000 residents completed the survey, with two thirds of respondents saying they would support an increase. A report was submitted to the Cleveland Police & Crime Panel, which can be read below.
93.9% of people who responded said they would like to see more Central Government funding for policing in Cleveland.
4. How much has the Commissioner’s salary increased?
The increase in precept does not result in any increase or bonus to the Commissioner’s salary. Salaries for all Police & Crime Commissioners are set by Government. The current rates were introduced in November 2012 when the first election for Commissioners took place. There have been no pay rises since that time. In addition, Mr Coppinger does not claim for any additional expenses or allowances, despite these being permitted in the regulations.
5. How much of the money raised goes towards the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner?
Costs to run the Office of the PCC is £850k, accounting for just 0.6% of the overall policing budget and is £350k - or 25% - less than the Police Authority PCCs replaced, despite their teams taking on a much greater range of responsibilities.
PCC Policing Precept Leaflets and Information
PCC Precept Leaflet 2018-19 (Adobe PDF, 5.79MB)
PCC Precept Leaflet 2017-18
PCC Precept Leaflet 2016-17
PCC Precept Leaflet 2015-16
PCC Precept Leaflet 2014-15
PCC Precept Leaflet 2013-14
PCC Policing Precept Consultation Documents
Precept 2018-19 Consultation Presentation (Adobe PDF, 1.03MB)
Precept 2017-18 Consultation Presentaton - Hartlepool (Adobe PDF, 864KB)
Precept 2017-18 Consultation Presentation - Middlesbrough (Adobe PDF, 864KB)
Precept 2017-18 Consultation Presentation - Redcar and Cleveland (Adobe PDF, 864KB)
Precept 2017-18 Consultation Presentation - Stockton (Adobe PDF, 864KB)
Police and Crime Panel Precept Reports
Report of the Police and Crime Panel regarding Precept Proposals 2018/19