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Tendring: Neighbourhood watch praises police funding call
7:30am Monday 4th February 2013 in News
NEIGHBOURHOOD watch chiefs have praised the new police commissioner over his controversial call for more funds.
Essex police and crime commissioner Nick Alston is set to raise the amount contributed to police funds through council tax by 3.5 per cent.
Mr Alston explained the decision at the latest meeting of Tendring Neighbourhood Watch.
And Watch bosses have welcomed the move, saying it is a small price to pay to make the streets safer.
Chairman Mike Vaughan-Chatfield said: “Mr Alston explained his plan for a price hike. He said it would significantly reduce the effect of the recent cuts to the police force and help them maintain a quality police force.
“It was met with a mixed reaction. Some people say they would not be able to pay that increase, while others said it was worth it to keep our streets safe.
“But I think it is a necessary step. If we want top quality policing we have to be prepared to put our hands in our pockets.
“It is encouraging to us that the new commissioner is not sitting back idly and letting our police force dwindle.”
In real terms, the tax increase would amount to an increase of about 40p per month for an average Band D home.