Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has launched a survey asking residents for their views about funding for policing and community safety.
It is part of the PCC’s legal responsibility to set the amount that residents pay for policing in their council tax, a payment known as the ‘policing precept’.
27.5% of Cleveland Police’s funding comes from the precept, with the remainder paid by central government.
The Commissioner’s online survey will run until Monday 21st January 2019.
Residents will be asked if they would like to see more Government funding for policing in Cleveland and if they would support an increase in the precept to deliver an additional investment in community policing.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Government has acknowledged the significant increase in demand on the police to tackle domestic abuse, modern slavery, child sex exploitation and cyber-crime but has not made any extra resources available locally.
“The Home Secretary announced additional flexibility for PCCs around the precept, which means that I can increase the amount paid by a Band D property by up to £24 a year.
“I understand that this option will mean people who are already struggling in Cleveland would need to pay more and the burden for trying to maintain services falls to local taxpayers instead of being addressed nationally.
“However without this £2 increase, Cleveland Police will need to make significant further cuts on top of those that have already been imposed through reduced funding over the last eight years.
“That’s why it’s so important that I ask the public to have their say on whether they would be willing to pay more in their council tax for policing in Cleveland.”
Residents can read the PCC’s full proposals and complete the short survey here: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Precept-2019-20-Public-Consultation.aspx
Posted on Friday 21st December 2018