Since 2010 the Government has continuously reduced the amount of national funding for Bedfordshire Police and to date, as your Police and Crime Commissioner, despite a successful on-going recruitment campaign which has helped to hold service levels against a picture of ever-increasing demand, I have been given no facility, until now, to uplift the total number of resources available to respond to victims of crime and protect the people of Bedfordshire.
As a result, the force now has 140 less officers than it did in 2010.
When we take into account the demand, complexity and the landscape of policing (which is significantly different to 2010), I am sure you will understand why I have taken the decision to raise Council Tax by £1 per month for the next 24 months, which will cost the total of £24 pounds per Band D household in Bedfordshire to increase the number of police officers by at least 100, taking us some way towards what this county requires.
Please see below the table of costing per household:
I would like to invite you to share your opinion on this decision by way of reply to the following email address: PCC@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
Your comments of support or concern for this decision would be welcomed and will be collated and presented to the Police and Crime Panel on 6 February 2018 which is the authoritative body which holds the Police and Crime Commissioner to account.
I appreciate your thoughts, time and consideration regarding this issue and look forward to receiving your response.