Council Tax Consultation 2019-2020
A Message from Peter McCall, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria
Cumbria is one of the safest counties in the country. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has graded Cumbria Constabulary as one of only 11 forces to be good across the board. I need your help to keep it this way.
The changing nature of crime and increased demands on our police service is a constant pressure. There is now a greater focus on complex crimes such as child sexual exploitation, online crime, and county lines drug dealing. I am determined we must do all we can to tackle these offences that blight our communities.
The last thing I want to do is to propose an increase in Council Tax Precept, but I do have to be honest and realistic. If we want to maintain a good force we have to be prepared to fund it properly. After consulting with the Chief Constable to determine what we need to sustain our force I am reluctantly proposing to increase council tax precept for 2019/20 by £2 per month for a band D property (in Cumbria the largest number of properties fall into band B, for whom the increase would be £1.55).
Last year I promised to recruit an additional 25 officers, we did this, and they have made an enormous difference in neighbourhood policing. The proposal this year will allow us to sustain this and provide a further 20 additional officers. This will allow us to fight more crime and bring more offenders to justice, target anti-social behaviour and unsafe driving, protect children and vulnerable people, and tackle serious and persistent offenders – in short keep Cumbria safe!
I urge you to take part in this short survey, and help me to continue to provide a good, locally focused, police force - your Cumbria police force.
Police and Crime Commissioner