The Police and Crime Commissioner’s 2021/2022 budget for Kent has been scrutinised and approved by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.
Matthew Scott asked the panel to support a council tax rise of £15 a year, or £1.25 for an average Band D property, to fund Kent Police. It’s on top of the £10.1 million which comes from the government. The budget will pay for an extra 145 police officers, as well as funding some of the substantial costs incurred as a result of the Covid pandemic. It will also be used to upgrade equipment and IT, which will support frontline officers fight crime and protect vulnerable people.
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Matthew Scott said, “Whilst it gives me no pleasure raising council tax, I believe this is good value for money for the people of Kent. We are reducing crime, bringing anti-social behaviour down and supporting victims of crime. We are making Kent safer”.
“We have more Police in Kent now than ever before and they are making a difference. Their work has continued through the challenges of the pandemic and they are doing an excellent job”.
The Commissioner launched a consultation in December, which showed more than 75.1% of 3276 people who responded supported the proposed increase.