Rescue services

Comment on paying for police, fire and rescue services in Essex

What do you think of the payment for police and fire services in Essex? Do you want to invest more in services and what are your priorities? These are the questions posed by Roger Hirst, Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime for Essex.

He asks for your input before making plans for the 2022/2023 police and fire and rescue services budget for the county. You can complete a survey here to give your opinion.

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Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources, central government funding and municipal tax. Taking into account these two sources of funding, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest municipal tax precepts for the maintenance of order. Funding for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) comes from central government, municipal taxes and corporate rates. There was no increase in the precept for ECFRS last year.

Roger Hirst, Commissioner of Police, Fire and Crime for Essex, said: “We want to see less crime in Essex. With your support, we have invested in Essex Police. By March 2022, there will be over 700 more police officers in Essex than in 2016.

“This investment in Essex Police has been used to prevent crime. Burglaries, anti-social behavior and theft have all declined in recent years, and drug-related violence is also starting to decline.

“We know we need to do more. We hear it loud and clear when we speak to communities across the county. Over the summer, we spoke to over 1,000 people across our county to develop our new police and crime plan. They supported our ambition to reduce crime, focus on prevention, protect vulnerable people and support victims. To achieve this, we must complete our investment program and ensure that our chief of police and his officers have the support and resources necessary to reduce crime.

“By investing in Essex Police, you will help us do more to prevent crime, strengthen neighborhood policing and put more emphasis on tackling violence and drug gangs. It will also help us support victims of crime and protect the most vulnerable from becoming victims.

“Our fire and rescue service also does a great job, preventing damage, protecting those most at risk and responding effectively to incidents.

“The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is working hard to increase its fire protection capacity to provide an effective response to the increased risk identified in the Grenfell Tower investigation. It is also focused on improving its ability to effectively prevent fires, by investing in training resources for our firefighters, recruiting and retaining our on-call firefighters and ensuring that prevention is at the heart of everything. what she does.

“Additional investment in the above areas would allow the Service to do more for the communities we serve.

“We know that there are financial challenges and that any increase in funding must be judged with care, however, we also know that families, communities and businesses want safe and secure communities where they can live their lives. safe from harm and where businesses can thrive. “

The survey is online, but there are other ways to speak up. You can call 01245 291600, leave all the details and be called back or send an email to [email protected] Printed copies will also be available for collection at local libraries or you can download one from the file below and return it to us by email at [email protected] or by post at:

Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner,

Kelvedon Park,

London Road,

Rivenhall

Essex

CM8 3HB

Click here for a printable version of the Precepts Survey

The survey will end at midnight on Sunday December 5e but can be extended until Sunday December 19 at midnight to ensure that all hard copies that have been completed have time to be included.

The D Band Council Fee for Police Services in Essex for 2021/22 is £ 208.53 per year. For fire and rescue services it is £ 73.89 for a D Band property.

It is not a referendum; this is an opportunity to assess opinions so that these opinions can be taken into account in the decision-making process.