Policing Priorities Consultation

2020 was one of the most challenging years in living memory and I know that many of us are anxious about the future.

The pandemic has shown us just how important policing and other key public services are when it comes to protecting our communities.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has also made the future financial position for policing even more challenging.

Funding for Cheshire Police has been cut significantly by the government over the last decade. We have made more than £60 million of savings during this time, whilst striving to ensure this vital service remains effective.

During this period, I’ve maintained my commitment to bring back real community policing to Cheshire. With the support of the public, I have been able to increase officer numbers to ensure every community in Cheshire has its own dedicated Police Constable and Police Community Support Officer.

The extra funding that the government boasts about is dependent on local residents paying more in council tax (£1.25 a month for the average Band D property) over the next year.

I completely disagree with the government putting the burden on local taxpayers. However, the Chief Constable has advised me that without this increase, Cheshire Police would be unable to maintain its existing level of service and would be unable to meet the additional operational demands and pressures that we face.

As your voice in policing, I want to hear your views on this proposal and what your policing priorities are for 2021/22 so I can ensure they are reflected in next year’s budget planning.

Please take the time to the complete the short survey and have your say.

David Keane

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire

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