Please note that the consultation closed at midnight Friday 27 January. Thank you to all who have taken part.
A message from your Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson
My role as Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon is to ensure you are served by an efficient police service which keeps you safe.
Since I was re-elected last year I have been reviewing my priorities and thinking about the big issues that the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon are facing.
Chief Constable Mike Veale has given me his professional advice about the potential risks and threats, which has guided me in writing my plan.
During the next four weeks I will be consulting on the draft Police and Crime Plan 2017 -2020 along with a proposed increase of 1.9 per cent to the policing part of council tax.
It is very important to me that residents in Wiltshire and Swindon are served by a high quality service, and modern police Force that continues to meet the needs of the community now and in 2020.
The Police and Crime Plan
My priorities for 2017 - 2020 are to:
- Prevent crime and keep people safe
- Protect the most vulnerable in society
- Put victims, witnesses and communities at the heart of everything we do
- Secure a trusted, quality and efficient police service
My focus is on protecting vulnerable people – young and old; working closer with our partners to improve services and harnessing the power of our communities against crime
The Force is embracing new ways of working across the public sector; collaborating with other PCCs and forces in the south west and with local partners. Officers are equipped with digital technology and work out in the communities they serve.
We must do more
As budgets reduce and we plan for the future I am going to have to make some difficult decisions to protect policing.
I have commissioned an independent review of the Force estate and I am now considering the operational recommendations of the Chief Constable. I want to refurbish outdated and inefficient buildings the Force needs for the future and work with partners to identify buildings in our communities which our officers and staff can share. I will sell buildings and land that the Force no longer needs.
Today (Monday 3 January) I have begun a month-long public consultation about both the Police and Crime plan and, alongside that, a proposal to increase by 1.9 per cent the policing part of council tax (known as the policing precept) for 2017-18.
Please note the consultation has now closed.
The policing part of council tax
Increasing the policing part of council tax would mean an extra £3.17 a year (or 6p a week) for the average band D property. At present, band D homes pay £167.10 a year.
Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only four receive less funding per head of population than Wiltshire.
I have been lobbying the Home Office for a better deal for Wiltshire, pointing out that we have been historically under-funded given the logistical challenges of policing such an overwhelmingly rural county with such vast open spaces between some of main communities.
This increase would provide me with an additional £792,000 of local income for 2017-18 and help to cover rising costs, including £2m worth of National Insurance contributions from which we had until 2015 been exempt.
The money raised from the policing part of the council tax will also be used to protect community policing which I believe is greatly valued by people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
I have made a short video explaining the main points of my plan and the need for an increase to the policing part of council tax. You can view the video here.
The consultation closed at midnight on Friday 27 January 2017
Find out more about previous consultations for the police and crime part of council tax.