The Police and Crime Commissioner is due to set the 2024/25 policing budget by the end of January 2024. The allocation of central government funding for forces is expected to be received in December.
Alongside this, the current funding settlement allows Police and Crime Commissioners to increase council tax by up to £10 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing (and last year increases of up to £15 were permitted).
Matthew Barber said: “As Police and Crime Commissioner, it is my responsibility to ensure that Thames Valley Police has the resources to effectively prevent and investigate crime, support victims and protect communities from harm.
“Setting the budget is often a complex process in balancing priorities, and one which is again this year taking place against a challenging economic backdrop.
“Economic pressures such as high utility, fuel, and vehicle costs continue to impact policing budgets and I am acutely aware that cost of living pressures are affecting households across the Thames Valley.
“Thames Valley residents deserve and expect to receive an exceptional service from their police force. I want to ensure that the budget can support this, deliver value for money for residents and address the concerns and priorities of communities.
“This coming financial year, I want to see continued investment in local neighbourhood policing. There have already been significant improvements made, but I am determined to increase visible policing within our communities and to tackle issues such as shoplifting and keep burglaries low.
“By providing your feedback, you can help shape important decisions about police funding and how Thames Valley Police can continue to work to keep us all safe.”
The survey can be completed by visiting the PCC website. If you would like to share your views on the policing budget for 2024/25, please complete the survey by 12pm on Friday 5th January 2024.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on - firstname.lastname@example.org