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WATCH: Why Cornwall could pay more to boost policing on the frontline

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:19pm 26th January 2018. (Updated at 3:39pm 28th January 2018)

People in Cornwall are being urged to take part in a survey - as officials say we could be asked to pay more Council Tax to boost frontline policing.

It comes as our Police and Crime Commissioner considers putting up their share to speed up recruitment and take on more officers.

At the moment, forces across the UK can only raise the contribution by 1.99%, because it is capped.

However, for one year only, the government will allow them to whack it up by as much as £12 a year for a Band D home.

PCC Hernandez has launched the survey to see what locals think about potentially paying more.

Posting on Survey Monkey, she said: "I hear regularly from MPs, elected councillors, local residents and businesses that more frontline policing would be welcomed and I have put local policing at the heart of our Police and Crime Plan.

"In meetings with Government ministers, I have consistently made the case that central Government cuts to funding have been detrimental to policing.

"In 2017 I committed to increasing police officer numbers by 100 over the term of my office (by 2020) to take the total number back up to 3,000.

"However, the Government has recently offered a funding opportunity that could both speed up that recruitment and further increase the number of officers.

"I want to know what you think so please take a moment to read the information below before completing the survey. It shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes".

She added: "In Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 63% of the police's total budget comes from central Government, with the remainder raised through council tax contributions, known as the policing precept.

As your Police and Crime Commissioner it is my decision whether to change the policing precept.

Previously, legislation has limited this increase to 1.99% but for 2018/19 the Government has announced that PCCs can now increase the precept by up to £12 per year (or 23p per week) for a Band D property.

"This is the only opportunity we have to increase investment.

"I know that policing is an essential part of maintaining safe, resilient and connected communities.

"However, continued austerity, the increasing demands of policing and the changing nature of crime means that we need to do more to transform our workforce.

"I want to give serious consideration to increasing the precept by £12 per year (Band D), in 2018/19.

"This would provide Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Police with around £7m additional income which will help to ensure we can protect frontline policing".

You can have your say here.

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