The police and crime element of council tax for 2019-2020 goes up by £2 a month for the average property (band D), from £15.19 to £17.19 a month in April.

The increase, supported by the Police and Crime Panel today, February 7, will help to protect community policing and prevent further cuts, according to a statement issued by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.

The increase in the policing part of local council tax adds £6.3 million to pay for an additional 41 police officers and two dedicated cyber-crime staff.

Two cyber-crime teams focusing on online fraud and child sexual exploitation, £500,000 funding boost to crime prevention with particular focus on early intervention targeting those at risk of committing crime are also promised.

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