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Dorset's PCC Stands by Tax Rise to Fund New Officers

Martyn Underhill

6:47pm 7th February 2013
(Updated 6:48am 8th February 2013)

Plans to increase Dorset's Council Tax Policing Precept by 7 pence a week have been approved.

A Police and Crime Panel of local councillors backed the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposals this afternoon (Thursday 7th February).

A large portion of the money generated from the increase in 2013/14 will pay for 12 new Police Officers.

PCC Martyn Underhill told Wessex FM we must put the rise into perspective; "It's £3.50 extra a year, we need to address this workforce balance.

I know it's difficult for the people of Dorset, but it's a very important £3.50.

We'll be able to improve support for victims, keep officers patrolling the streets for longer using new equipment and recruit 12 new officers for Dorset."

The Commissioner added “With the potential extension of the Government’s austerity cuts to 2018, Dorset Police could be faced with not having any Police Officers with less than 8 years service.

The profile of the force would become unbalanced making the workforce unstable.

There is also a danger that the force will become less representative of the community that we are policing with a risk of losing vital skills and leadership potential that new officers can bring”.

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