FIVE PER CENT RISE IN COST OF POLICING IN BID TO ‘PROTECT NUMBER OF OFFICERS’

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THE COST of policing for Ceredigion residents is set to rise by five per cent from April in a bid to “protect the number of police officers”.

The Cambrian News reported “The precept rise, which follows a 6.9 per cent rise last year, will see a typical Band D property pay £224.56 for policing in 2018/19, an increase of £10.69 for the year, or 21p per week.

Dafydd Llywelyn, the Plaid Cymru commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police, said he was “pleased” the increase was unanimously accepted by the Police and Crime Panel.

“The force has been graded as ‘good’ in the most recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and this level of funding will protect the number of police officers and allow the force to continue to make positive progress over the coming year,” he said.

Since taking office, Mr Llywelyn has upped the police portion of council tax by 11.9 per cent in his first two years.

Last year, a 6.9 per cent was justified to, among other things, reintroduce CCTV in towns across Dyfed-Powys that had lost them due to council cutbacks.

Towns in Ceredigion, including Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and Lampeter, are still waiting to hear whether they will see a new CCTV system implemented amid ongoing concerns surrounding antisocial behaviour and violence.

Mr Llywelyn’s Conservative predecessor Christopher Salmon cut the police precept by five per cent in 2015/16 and kept it at the same level the following year” here.

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