‘Have your say’ survey on Essex policing enters final week

Time is running out to have your say on paying for policing across Essex as survey enters final week.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex is inviting all members of the public to have their say on whether or not people would be more willing to pay for more policing across the county.

A survey, launched online by the Commissioner, also asks for views on what the public think about the policing priorities for Essex.

In a statement, Mr Hirst said, “Last year I carried out a survey asking whether or not you would pay more to increase investment in policing in Essex. I had more than 5,000 responses, and they were overwhelmingly in support of increasing funding.

“Two thirds, 65 per cent, of those who responded said they wanted to see the cap on the policing precept element of Council Tax funding lifted. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.

“Following the survey I worked with the Government to get the cap on funding lifted and raised the policing element of the Council Tax by an average of £12, or £1 a month.

“This additional funding, along with the £450 million secured for policing nationally from the Government, has allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 extra frontline officers, increasing the total number to 3,000. These officers are currently being recruited and trained and will be in your community by February 2019.”

To fill out the survey please visit this link: http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/policing-precept-survey-2018/

Hard copies are also available on request. Please contact the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or you can email pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk. You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday, 27th November.