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Council tax increase will help recruit cops

Police TapeMore than 120 police officers are to be recruited at West Yorkshire Police after the Police and Crime Commissioner increased police council tax.

The 1.99 per cent increase to the policing precept will also see 70 new police staff posts created, according to Mark Burns-Williamson’s office.

The hike will cost council tax payers in a Band D property an extra £2.70 a year.

The additional 126 officers will be used to protect frontline policing, the PCC said, after the budget proposals were given the go ahead by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel last week.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “”It has been well documented that the force has had to find savings of £152 million by 2016/17, a 30per cent reduction on the original budget. I have made personal representations to the Home Secretary and Policing Minister about government cuts hitting West Yorkshire harder, with added cuts for us because of money being diverted to other national policing bodies from my budget.

“But I firmly believed my proposal to the Panel and the public generally provides a sound footing in helping to safeguard the future of West Yorkshire Police. We can invest in community safety work with partners to meet shared outcomes, and equip the force to meet the challenges of dealing with high levels of demand in the face of falling numbers. I am not prepared to take a risk when it comes to protecting our police service over the coming years by accepting short term freezes on offer from Government.”

Date posted: February 20, 2014

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