Tune into live police precept debate

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EVERYONE is invited to tune into a live Dorset Police and Crime Panel hearing tomorrow morning at 10am.

The panel will meet to review the Commissioner’s precept proposal for 2014/15, and the meeting will be broadcast at webcasting.dorsetforyou.com/core.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “This is an important meeting as I will be laying out my plans for a 1.96 per cent increase in the policing precept for Dorset.

“It will help people understand how decisions relating to council tax are made and the role the panel plays in setting the budget.

“Openness, transparency and accountability is key to my work and I encourage people to watch the debate online.”

The proposed rise equates to a 7p a week increase or, a rise from £183.51 to £187.11 annually for the average band D household.

This will enable 16 new officers to be recruited, 300 body-worn videos to be and seven rural community vehicles to be bought and bought, and a local cyber crime awareness campaign.

The panel has the power to veto the proposed precept if it decides it is either too high or too low but the veto must be agreed by two-thirds of panel members.

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