The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel hasapproved plans to raise the policing part of the Council tax precept by 2%.This equates to an increase, on average, of £3.19 per household per year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg says: "Webelieved that not raising the police part of the council tax during the nextfinancial year would have a major impact on policing in Devon, Cornwall and theIsles of Scilly. It would have meant that officer numbers may have fallen towell below 3,000."
"We are working hard to maintain officer numbers at theircurrent levels and there was a real need for the Force to increase funds to beable do this."
Today's panel meeting also confirmed the appointment ofChief Constable Shaun Sawyer.
He has been the temporary Chief Constable since thedeparture of Stephen Otter early in 2012.
Tony Hogg says: "Shaun Sawyer was the outstanding candidate during theselection and interview process and has demonstrated a clear vision and strongleadership. We have already built an excellent working relationship, and I amnow keen to build on that further as we develop our strategic policing plan forthis area."
The panel spent some time considered the Police and Crimeplan which sets out the priorities of the Commissioner, in close liaison withthe Chief Constable. These include
Reducing crime and bringing offenders to justice Givingvictims and witnesses a stronger voice Listening and responding to the publicStrong leadership at every level Investing in policing for the future.
The final Police and Crime plan has to be issued on orbefore March 31st 2013