Policing in Essex Precept Survey by Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

Message from Roger Hirst Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex
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.

Three-quarters of the extra funding was invested in local community policing. A district by district plan has been published by Essex Police showing where the extra investment will go. You can view this here: https://www.essex.police.uk/your-area/ Please scroll down the page to see the number of officers coming to your area.

I want to know your views again this year to help inform my plan for police funding in 2019/2020. Please fill in the survey below – your views are very important to me and Essex Police.
Please only fill in the survey once.

Please note: Roger Hirst is Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner but this survey only relates to the policing precept.

All responses from the survey will be collated and summarised as part of the final report. Individual people will not be identified, and your name will not be mentioned in any reports that we write for this purpose. You don’t have to take part if you do not want to - this is a voluntary activity.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018 we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. The information will only be used for the purposes of informing our policing strategy and how to fund it. The data will not be kept longer than is necessary to do so, up to a maximum of five years. We will not share your personal details with any other agency unless we have concerns that you or another individual may be at risk of harm or if it is required by law. We do not collect personal information for commercial purposes.

If you choose to provide your contact details so we can keep you informed of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. We will store your details and where necessary share your details with third parties for this purpose.

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* 1. Please tell us your full postcode – this information will be used to find out what areas of Essex we received responses from and to identify any local issues.  Your postcode will not be used to identify you as an individual in any way or shared with anyone else.

Please give us all six/seven digits.