Police Commissioner Simon Hayes 'will save 200 jobs' in Hampshire

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Simon Hayes

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TWO hundred police jobs could be saved to ensure the Hampshire force provides a better service to the public, the Daily Echo can reveal.

That is one of a number of proposals put forward by the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes in his four year vision for the force.

But he revealed plans in a draft budget put before the new police and crime panel yesterday, who also voted to set a rise in the police element of council tax this year when they held their inaugural meeting.

From April, residents will have to pay an extra 3.4 per cent towards policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – the equivalent of an extra £5 a year or 10p a week for those living in a Band D property.

PCC Simon Hayes said it was needed to invest in the force, currently faced with saving £55m over four years, so that the county has enough manpower to ensure it stays a safe place to live and work.

So far around £40m of savings have been identified and more than 1,000 posts have been lost.

The tax rise was passed after all but one councillor voted in favour, meaning the budget for 2013-14 will be £310.4m.

The plan to save jobs will not be ratified until March, but if approved will mean the 999 call centre will be bolstered, although it won’t necessarily mean more officers on the streets.

Mr Hayes told the panel: “We would like to enable the constabulary to respond more speedily to calls and that means a call centre that has greater capability than it has now.”

Asked why he wanted to raise the council tax precept at a time when people were facing their own financial constraints, Mr Hayes said the force had been placed “under considerable strain” by the cuts and added: “We don’t believe the resilience of the police service as it is can continue for very much longer”.

John Apter, chairman of the county’s police federation, told the Daily Echo: “During the past couple of years we have seen police officer numbers slashed due to the budget cuts.

“This announcement gives me hope that more police officers will be available to support what is a very thin blue line.

“A well resourced control room is essential to deliver great policing and I am pleased that the PCC recognises this.”

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7:14am Sat 26 Jan 13

AndyAndrews says...

Don't put up the council tax police element: get rid of the useless PCSOs and save money there. Yesterday I saw one who looked about 13.....
Don't put up the council tax police element: get rid of the useless PCSOs and save money there. Yesterday I saw one who looked about 13..... AndyAndrews
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8:25am Sat 26 Jan 13

squatting-neville says...

PCSOs are paid for straight from the government not the PCC budget so they don't take anything from council tax.
In any case they provide a very visible police presence on the streets.
PCSOs are paid for straight from the government not the PCC budget so they don't take anything from council tax. In any case they provide a very visible police presence on the streets. squatting-neville
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8:58am Sat 26 Jan 13

Linesman says...

AndyAndrews wrote:
Don't put up the council tax police element: get rid of the useless PCSOs and save money there. Yesterday I saw one who looked about 13.....
It is quite common for eyesight to get dimmer when you get older.

If you had asked for his ID you would probably have discovered that he was about 25 - if you could read it.
[quote][p][bold]AndyAndrews[/bold] wrote: Don't put up the council tax police element: get rid of the useless PCSOs and save money there. Yesterday I saw one who looked about 13.....[/p][/quote]It is quite common for eyesight to get dimmer when you get older. If you had asked for his ID you would probably have discovered that he was about 25 - if you could read it. Linesman
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2:51pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

If police numbers are being cut ........ Plus there are savings of some £40m ...why does the police element of the council tax have to rise ?
If police numbers are being cut ........ Plus there are savings of some £40m ...why does the police element of the council tax have to rise ? Lone Ranger.
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5:14pm Sat 26 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

We don't need more Police, what we need are more prisons and harsher penalties for criminals.

The majority of crime is repeat offenders, so the more we lock up the less crime will take place.

Currently as an example a burglar when caught admits to an additional 20 burglaries, then gets a lighter sentence as they admitted to more crime. The mind boggles!
We don't need more Police, what we need are more prisons and harsher penalties for criminals. The majority of crime is repeat offenders, so the more we lock up the less crime will take place. Currently as an example a burglar when caught admits to an additional 20 burglaries, then gets a lighter sentence as they admitted to more crime. The mind boggles! IronLady2010
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9:07pm Sat 26 Jan 13

derek james says...

use the commisionor's salary and inevitable index-linked pension to pay for coppers
use the commisionor's salary and inevitable index-linked pension to pay for coppers derek james
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9:52pm Sat 26 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

derek james wrote:
use the commisionor's salary and inevitable index-linked pension to pay for coppers
What is the point in paying for more Police Officers when the ones we have do a great job, but are unable to keep the criminals off the streets as the Courts set them free again.

I would hate to be a Police Officer, knowing all my hard work is just a waste of time and paperwork!

Until we have more prisons and harsher sentences, the Police will just be going round in circles knowing the crims are having a laugh at their expense!

No matter wether it's a drink driver, a shoplifter etc, lock them all up, let's set the example that crime doesn't pay. At the moment Crime DOES pay!
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: use the commisionor's salary and inevitable index-linked pension to pay for coppers[/p][/quote]What is the point in paying for more Police Officers when the ones we have do a great job, but are unable to keep the criminals off the streets as the Courts set them free again. I would hate to be a Police Officer, knowing all my hard work is just a waste of time and paperwork! Until we have more prisons and harsher sentences, the Police will just be going round in circles knowing the crims are having a laugh at their expense! No matter wether it's a drink driver, a shoplifter etc, lock them all up, let's set the example that crime doesn't pay. At the moment Crime DOES pay! IronLady2010
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5:27pm Sun 27 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

squatting-neville wrote:
PCSOs are paid for straight from the government not the PCC budget so they don't take anything from council tax.
In any case they provide a very visible police presence on the streets.
Maybe so but if you have no powers then you 'aint worth nothing. PCSO's can't even direct traffic let alone issue any kind of ticket so, what's the point of them?
[quote][p][bold]squatting-neville[/bold] wrote: PCSOs are paid for straight from the government not the PCC budget so they don't take anything from council tax. In any case they provide a very visible police presence on the streets.[/p][/quote]Maybe so but if you have no powers then you 'aint worth nothing. PCSO's can't even direct traffic let alone issue any kind of ticket so, what's the point of them? bazzeroz
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6:59pm Sun 27 Jan 13

bigal007 says...

even the kids take the mick out of them as they no nothing can be done i think we need a batman

with wham bam that would out the streets of southampton
even the kids take the mick out of them as they no nothing can be done i think we need a batman with wham bam that would out the streets of southampton bigal007
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8:42pm Mon 28 Jan 13

MRP999 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
We don't need more Police, what we need are more prisons and harsher penalties for criminals.

The majority of crime is repeat offenders, so the more we lock up the less crime will take place.

Currently as an example a burglar when caught admits to an additional 20 burglaries, then gets a lighter sentence as they admitted to more crime. The mind boggles!
I couldnt agree more! In this country crime does pay. Pathetic sentences from the courts, and a Human Rights act which puts the rights of criminals in front of law abiding citizens all hinder the good work of the police. Lock the criminals up
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: We don't need more Police, what we need are more prisons and harsher penalties for criminals. The majority of crime is repeat offenders, so the more we lock up the less crime will take place. Currently as an example a burglar when caught admits to an additional 20 burglaries, then gets a lighter sentence as they admitted to more crime. The mind boggles![/p][/quote]I couldnt agree more! In this country crime does pay. Pathetic sentences from the courts, and a Human Rights act which puts the rights of criminals in front of law abiding citizens all hinder the good work of the police. Lock the criminals up MRP999
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