Tax rise to pay for new police in Notts
A TOTAL of 150 new police officers will arrive in Notts in the first part of a plan to recruit hundreds of beat PCs.
Notts police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping promised the new officers before his election in November.
Their recruitment was confirmed yesterday at the unveiling of his first annual budget.
He also said another 120 new officers would be recruited in each of the 2014-2015 and 2015 -2016 financial years.
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But there are no plans to re-instate police horses – controversially scrapped in June.
To help pay for the first round of officers Mr Tipping wants to put up the police section of Notts council tax bills by 1.95 per cent – meaning the average Band D home paying an extra £3.24 for policing for the year from April.
Mr Tipping said: "My commitment has been to get more officers in neighbourhood teams because people have said to me they want to see more uniformed police presence on the streets.
"We need to protect funding for policing not just this year, but in the future. We need to make sure that crime continues to fall – you can't do that by cutting resources."
Cuts and efficiencies, including recruiting more "civilian investigators" as reported in yesterday's Post, will also help pay for the plans, which go before Notts Police and Crime Panel next Wednesday.
The recruitment drive comes after more than 150 officers with more than 30 years' service were forced to retire – a move being legally challenged by the Police Federation.
The force has been told by the Government to save £42m – or 20 per cent of its budget – over four years.
Due to other planned retirements and officers leaving, the new officers are not expected to increase head-count by 390 – but all will go into frontline neighbourhood beat teams when their training is over.
Notts Police Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: "With 20 per cent cuts we can't do what we were doing in 2009 – but working with Paddy we're finding innovative solutions.
"We're working in a world where there is no new money."
A report in February said that it would cost £424,000 to restore the mounted section.
Mr Tipping said: "We can't find the £424,000 – by spending that we would not have been able to recruit as many new PCs. It's a straight trade-off."
The first recruitment ads will appear in February and officers will be taken on in batches of around 16.