Hertsmere MP stands up for Potters Bar policing after funding announcement

PUBLISHED: 15:16 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 19 December 2017

Oliver Dowden in Parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

Oliver Dowden in Parliament. Picture: Parliament TV

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Following the announcement of a potential extra £450 million for police in England and Wales, Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has been asking how this can be used for Potters Bar’s community policing.

The Home Office announced today that it will allow crime commissioners to raise the portion of council tax which goes towards policing by £12 per household annually.

Minister for Policing and Fire Nick Hurd said today in the House of Commons this could amount to £6.2million extra for Hertfordshire’s policing.

The number of burglaries in Potters Bar has risen significantly in the last year.

Mr Dowden asked the minister how to make sure the funds reach smaller towns.

He said: “Community-based policing is a cornerstone and has a much-valued role in Hertsmere.

“I welcome the flexibility the Minister has shown over the precept, but what reassurance can he give me that community-based policing will be properly funded in small towns such as Potters Bar, and won’t be disadvantaged relative to larger urban areas?”

Mr Hurd replied: “I absolutely take the point he makes about community policing and that is a conversation he needs to have with David Lloyd, the excellent Crime Commissioner.”

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