The county’s police and crime commissioner, Katy Bourne, wants to increase the police’s share of council tax by 3.4 per cent.
That would amount to £5 per year for Band D households, and would mean Mrs Bourne had raised the precept by £10.49 for those households since taking office in 2012.
There has been a public consultation on the proposal but there will be no referendum, in line with new Government rules.
Well, that’s a shame. If it happened anywhere but Brighton, I’d be outraged.
Mrs Bourne said the increase was needed to help police investigate increasingly complex digital evidence and to tackle growing numbers of sexual and domestic abuse reports.
Or in plain English, to allow the police to sit around in centrally-heated offices, monitoring Twitter and taking statements from fantasists and nutjobs. It’s a dirty job, but someone, I suppose, has got to do it…
The Sussex’s Police and Crime Panel will discuss Mrs Bourne’s plans on Friday and can ask her to revise them.
Brad Watson, chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, said it would likely take note of the fact that Sussex Police was one of the lowest funded forces.
“The panel has agreed where there have been increases in the past that it should be targeted towards specific services,” he added.
And they won’t be burglary or criminal damage, you can bet the farm on that one!
The PCC’s office said that during a public consultation running until January 9, 65.8 per cent of 3,738 Sussex respondents supported paying more for policing.
You voted for it. Now you’re going to get it. Good and hard.