The thin blue line could be getting a little bit thicker - if funding gets approved at a meeting later today. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will today seek approval for a budget to enable the recruitment of dozens of more constables. If given the green light by the Police and Crime Panel in Plymouth, the extra investment would allow the Chief Constable to take on an additional 85 officers. The renewed recruitment drive would bring force strength to 3,100 by the end of 2020, the highest level since 2012 and 186 officers higher than when Alison Hernandez became Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016. In total around 660 officers would have to have been recruited over four years to make up for those leaving the force. The Chief Constable has indicated that the uplift would allow him to create an additional beat officer for each of the 27 sectors in the force area, increase detectives by 30 to address serious … [Read more...] about Devon and Cornwall could get dozens of new police officers
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London 25 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47001289 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A former council officer who stole £1m from the authority's pension fund has been jailed for seven years.Ian Woodall, 47, … [Read more...] about Council pension fund fraudster jailed
People in Teesside are being asked if they would support an increase in the police precept, the amount they pay through their council tax for policing. Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger warned that without the proposed rise, Cleveland Police will need to make "significant further cuts". It is the PCC’s responsibility to set the amount that residents pay for policing in their council tax. The precept provides 27.5% of Cleveland Police’s funding, with the remainder paid by central government. Mr Coppinger said the Government has provided Cleveland Police with £3.1m more cash in 2019/20 than in 2018/19. However he added that the amount that the force needs to pay into the Police Pension Fund has risen by £3m. He is proposing a £2 per month rise, or an increase of £16 - £24 per year for Band A to D properties. “The Home Secretary announced additional flexibility for PCCs around the precept, which means that I can increase the amount … [Read more...] about Teessiders asked if they would support increase in police precept
Cash-strapped West Midlands Police is to get an increase in funding from the Home Office - for the first time in ten years. But police chiefs said the extra money won't come close to covering the extra costs facing the force, and won't allow them to recruit the extra officers they urgently need. At the same time, the Government is allowing Police and Crime Commissioners to add an extra £24-a-year on to council tax bills for band D homes, to raise extra money. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “West Midlands Police has faced cuts of £175 million since 2010, leading to over 2,000 police officers being lost during that period. “Despite warm words over the last few months, this is once again a disappointing settlement that falls a long way short of what West Midlands Police needed from the government." Read More Latest crime and court stories Mr Jamieson will not decide whether to introduce the full £24-a-year increase until … [Read more...] about West Mids Police get funding increase but is it enough?
Thumbs-up: To the selection of Bill Nicklas as DeKalb's city manager. Nicklas, whose selection as the city's newest executive leader will be up for a City Council vote on Tuesday, has built a reputation for effective management in local government and is well-known by many of the key players in the community. We have no doubt he will be confirmed, and wish him good luck in his second turn as DeKalb's city manager Thumbs-up: To a new home for a special education provider. On Wednesday, representatives of Camelot Education and Genoa-Kingston School District 424 marked the christening of a former elementary school building as the new Northwest Center for Autism. Camelot, which will operate the school, provides academic and therapeutic services for students ages 3 through 21 with special needs including autism spectrum disorder, multiple disabilities, emotional disabilities and other challenges. There are currently 90 students enrolled, but the new building will provide enough space for … [Read more...] about Thumbs-down: Pension funding an issue for local government, too