MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock welcomes police funding increase

Stephen Metcalfe
Stephen Metcalfe

Police face new challenges 

Stephen Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed the news of a substantial £450m increase in police funding across England and Wales.

Police funding in Essex could increase by up to £8.8m in 2018/19 as a result of these changes.

The £450m includes up to an additional £270m in police force budgets, so individual forces have the resources they need to respond to changes in demand.

Stephen has also welcomed news that the counter-terrorism policing budget will rise by 7 per cent, with a £50m increase taking it to at least £757m, and £130m extra for national policing priorities. This means the Government is now spending more on counter terrorism policing than ever before.

MP Stephen said: “The first responsibility of government is to keep our country and its citizens safe, and to protect our way of life and our values.

“Over the past seven years crime has fallen by more than a third across the country, but we know there is more to do. That’s why we are putting in this additional investment to help Essex Police keep people safe in our community.”

The police say they are seeing more complex crime being reported, including previously hidden crimes such as Child Sexual Exploitation and modern slavery, and forces must respond to the terrorist threat and an additional £130 million will be invested in national priorities. These represent new demands on the policing, which is why these new funds have been made available.

It is hoped the 2018/19 funding settlement will help the police respond to these challenges and the changes to policing that might be involved.

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