In her first blog of the New Year Katy Bourne has revealed her proposed increase of police precept. This money will help Sussex Police be sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges.
Katy Bourne says that this is “an important year for Sussex Police” after meeting with the Police & Crime panel on January 24th. The panel supported the proposal of increasing the precept.
The precept has previously been frozen for four years in Sussex and the area currently pays the lowest of amount towards policing of all the shire counties.
This increase will see households paying more, for example if you are in council tax band D, your tax will increase by £4.95 per year.
Before facing the Police & Crime panel the public were asked by the commissioner how they would feel about these potential increases. Of all that responded 67% said they would not mind.
The commissioner has said that this extra money will allow Sussex Police to invest in important areas such as cyber crime.
There has been a rise in cyber crimes in the last decade such as theft, fraud and cyber bullying.
Just last year there were campaigns to shut down anonymous question site Ask.fm after users of the site experienced bullying.
This potential raise in the amount of council tax that goes towards policing in 2014/15 is currently being decided on by the secretary of state but the Police and Crime Commissioner positive about the proposal.