Taxpayers want to pay more towards Sussex Police

SUSSEX taxpayers want to spend more money on the police.

This is the result of a recent public consultation by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

Nearly 70 per cent of residents supported a proposed increase in the police section of the council tax.

The survey ran from October 30, 2013, until January 10, 2014.

“I am pleased with the results of the public consultation,” said Mrs Bourne.

“I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget and that is why I sought the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding a potential increase of £4.95 per year per band D household.

“The increase would go towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.

“I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have 
paid the same amount for policing in Sussex for the past four years. However, as a voice for local people on policing and crime, it is very important I know if Sussex residents are willing to pay a little extra in order to enable further investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges.”

She is now duty-bound to inform the police and crime panel of her considerations. Results of the proposed increase will be reviewed tomorrow by the panel.