West Norfolk residents are being asked their views on plans to increase the amount they pay for policing in the county.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green has launched a consultation on the proposed budget for Norfolk Constabularly and people have until Friday, January 22 to have a say.

The proposals include increasing the policing element of council tax by 5.68 per cent, the equivalent of 29 pence per week for a Band D property. Over the coming year, the force must make £4m of savings.

Mr Green stressed the importance of protecting the gains made in keeping the county safe and ensuring the police had the resources necessary to provide strong community policing, fight fraud and tackle increasing rates of domestic abuse.

By the end of January, there would be more than 200 extra Norfolk police officers in uniform and detective roles compared to when he took office in 2016, he said.

Mr Green added: “I am pleased to note the chief constable has assured me that with the proposed precept increase he will also be able to commit to a further increase in community policing.”

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the increase would allow the force to maintain the current levels of service and establish a team dedicated to “dealing with the most dangerous domestic abusers across the county”.

He said: “I regularly hear calls for more visible policing and I also cannot ignore the truly shocking rises in domestic abuse that we are now experiencing, with over 25 per cent of all crimes recorded now being the result of a domestic incident.”

See www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk

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