DYFED-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has announced that he will increase the police precept by £1 per month, remaining the lowest council tax precepts in Wales.
The increase will enable him to invest in policing services in the Dyfed- Powys area. Residents will benefit from an increase of 30 response and local investigation officers, with a further 12 additional specialist roles which include dealing with Domestic Abuse, serious and violent offenders and vulnerability. In addition, there will be further increases in staff to support the delivery of key areas of policing eg. Vulnerability and improving the public contact with the service.
Consultation undertaken to inform the Commissioner’s decision saw 60% of respondents willing to pay an additional £2 or £1.50 each month through the Police Precept, with 40% willing to pay an additional £1 each month. The precept increase will raise the average band D property precept by 4.83% to £260.56 per year; which is still the lowest precept in Wales.
The Commissioner presented his proposal to the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel unanimously agreed to accept the precept proposal.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said:
“I have worked tirelessly to ensure the lowest council tax levels in Wales whilst ensuring the service is developed for the future. The new CCTV system is greatly supporting frontline officers and investigations and I am confident that such investments will improve the service provided to local communities.
Additional resources must be prioritised for local response and investigations whilst also ensuring we protect and support the vulnerable”.