Cheshire Independent Issue 144

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He says the move is thanks to the 43 additional frontline police officers, recruited as part of last year’s budget and an additional 90 officers funded by the government’s uplift programme, who will be in post by March next year. The new neighbourhood officers will work alongside the PCSOs already dedi- cated to each policing commu- nity to develop strong links with local people and tackle emerging issues before they become more serious. Each AYOUNGCheshire soldier killed in Afghanistanhas beenhonouredby the namingof a newroadnear his home. JamieWebb fromHandforthwas just 24 whenhe died. The naming ceremonywas attended by his family, soldiers and veterans from his regiment andGreaterManchester mayor Andy Burnham. l Full story page four Bobbies on the local beat Community policing pledge as officer numbers increase Remembering Jamie’s sacrifice 122 police communities in Cheshire have its own acces- sible police base and PCSO and now they’ll each have a dedicated police constable. “This has not been an easy promise to deliver with challenging financial circum- stances and an increase in serious crime taking officers away from our neighbour- hoods but I have fought for these neighbourhood officers as I know how important a visible policing presence is to the residents I represent.” The policing precept – the element of council tax that pays for policing – will rise by an average of £10 per year, which is less than 20p per week, to help fund this year’s budget. It follows a public con- sultation where two thirds of respondents agreed to an increase in the precept to invest in neighbour- hood policing. Mr Keane said: “This year’s precept consultation received the largest response we’ve ever had which is testament to local peoples’ passion and commitment to policing and community safety in Cheshire. “When I was out talking to residents in our commu- nities many of them told me that they wanted to see increased investment in policing to increase police officer visibility. “While I believe that extra funding should come from the government, not the local tax- payer, I have listened to the chief constable and the public and increased the precept by a small amount to keep our communities safe.” Funding from the budget will also be used to invest in Cheshire Constabulary’s force control centre to provide an improved service for callers to 999 or 101. There will also be invest- ment in ‘pro-active’ operations to tackle county lines drug activity and other serious and organised crime. In his role to support vic- tims, the commissioner has also set aside funding to further develop Cheshire’s integrated stalking unit and to provide increased funding to Cheshire’s Women’s Cen- tres that support survivors of domestic abuse. of the 122 communities has a base, in public buildings such as libraries and community centres, that provide facili- ties for PCSOs and officers to hold regular surgeries or have confidential discussions with members of the public. Mr Keane said: “When I was elected, I made a commit- ment to putting more officers back where they belong – in the heart of our communities. “The community base model, which I introduced in 2018, has seen each of the Policing priorities: Cheshire’s PCC David Keane WIN WIN A PAIR OF SHOES UP TO THE VALUE OF £60 SEE PAGE 7