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Annual police budget

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The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has responsibility for the police budget, which comprises a combination of central government grants and money from the local police precept. (The police precept is the amount raised from local people via their Council Tax.)

Outside of the policing precept, by far the most significant amount of funding received is from central government, which is in turn determined by a complex funding formula.

In 2023/24 the gross budget requirement is £201.4m.

Funding for the police

Police – Funding 2022/23 2023/24
Funding from Government £83.5m £83.8m
Council tax precept – your contribution £86.9m £92.4m
Council tax grants £7.9m £7.9m
Specific grants £6.1m £8.8m
Fees, Charges and Partnerships £7.1m £8.4m
Total funding £191.5m £201.4m

Police budget breakdown

Police – Budget 2022/23 2023/2024
Police officers £92.3m 99.9m
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) £8.2m 6.9m
Police staff £40.6m 45.0m
Buildings and transport £7.6m 9.1m
Supplies and services £22.4m 23.3m
Other spend * £19.0m 15.8m
Office of the PFCC £1.3m 1.4m
Total spending plan £191.4m 201.4m

* This includes Community Safety Funding and Commissioned Services, Police Officer Medical and Injury Pensions, Cost of Capital and Use of Reserves.

How the money will be spent

  • Investment in the Force Control Room to improve 999 and 101 call handling times.
  • 25 additional police officers.
  • Investment in staffing to improve services protecting children, victims of domestic abuse and safeguard the most vulnerable.
  • Improving services to investigate crime, ensuring that more perpetrators are successfully routed through the criminal justice system and convicted at court.
  • Investment in the Digital Forensics Unit to improve the time taken to investigate devices, reducing the time taken to bring perpetrators to justice.
  • Increasing costs of gas, electricity, fuel, insurance, and other services linked to the cost of living increase.

Updated – 09 March 2023