Chris Skidmore MP has welcomed the news that Avon and Somerset Police is set to receive an extra £22.6m to tackle crime and keep our streets safe – an increase of 7.4% from last year.
This comes as the Government recently announced an increase of up to £1.1 billion for police forces throughout England and Wales, to ensure they can focus on keeping communities safe. This is also on top of the pledge to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers, which will see the local Police force receiving an additional 137 police officers this year, increasing their officer numbers by 5%, and with more to come in the future.
Police forces in the South West will be able to recruit a total of 423 new officers.
In 2018/19, the total rate of recorded crime in South Gloucestershire fell by 3.3% compared to 2017/18 – higher than the average decrease in crime across the wider Avon & Somerset area.
Police and Crime Commissioners are also set to receive £8.7 billion in grants - £667 million more than last year. This will ensure they can deliver the first wave of 6,000 new police officers by the end of the year.
As a result of these announcements, overall police funding is expected to increase by the biggest amount in a decade. This will see more money available to recruit, train and equip police officers, as well as investment in national priorities like tackling serious and organised crime, and our counter-terrorism capabilities.
The local Member of Parliament for Kingswood said: “I was delighted to hear that police funding in our local area could see an increase of up to 7.4% next year.
Whenever I discuss this key issue with Kingswood residents, they are always clear they want to see more police on their streets, to help keep crime low. This funding announcement, along with the extra police officers coming to our local constabulary, will ensure that Avon and Somerset Police have the powers and resources needed to keep our local residents and communities safe.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This Government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade. It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities.”
“The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”