As we plan our budget for 2018/19, I am keen to understand your views on how much you are willing to support policing as part of your council tax. 

The Chief Constable and I have been working hard to do what we can to ensure Cambridgeshire Constabulary is as efficient and effective as it can be:
  • Over the last 5 years savings of £17.2 million have been made in order to meet the budget reductions we have faced.  This has been achieved in a number of ways including reducing back office staff and collaborating with other forces, other emergency services and partner organisations.   
  • A recent review of local policing in the county has identified a new approach that will allow an additional 50 officers to be recruited.  
  • Looking forward, changes in the types of crime that need to be dealt with and an overall increase in calls for service means that more officers are needed to keep people safe, investigate crimes and deter people from criminality.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary is one of the lowest funded forces in the country and is one of the most efficient with a cost of 43p per resident per day against a national average of 55p per resident per day. 

Therefore, in order to meet future demand I propose to increase the policing part of the council tax by £1 a month per household (based on a Band D property).  This equates to 23p per week or £12.00 per year.  

Any increase will go directly to supporting frontline policing.  

I would be grateful if you could spare a minute to complete this short survey.  Your views will then inform my final decision on how much to raise the policing part of the council tax. 

Thank you.

Jason Ablewhite
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough