Tax rise to see policing improve.Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE
A rise of almost 5% in the police element of Teesside council tax bills is being proposed.
The increase is being put forward as part of the spending plans of Cleveland Police This article is about the English police force. For the Ohio police force, please see Cleveland Ohio Police.
Cleveland Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the area of former county of Cleveland in North East England. Authority.
They envisage en·vis·age
tr.v. en·vis·aged, en·vis·ag·ing, en·vis·ag·es
1. To conceive an image or a picture of, especially as a future possibility: envisaged a world at peace.
2. Cleveland Police having new facilities and offices.
The budget proposals put forward by the authority chief executive Joe McCarthy Mc·Car·thy , Joseph Raymond 1908-1957.
American politician. A U.S. senator from Wisconsin (1947-1957), he presided over the permanent subcommittee on investigations and held public hearings in which he accused army officials, members of the media, and Chief Constable Noun 1. Chief Constable - the head of the police force in a county (or similar area)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; Sean Price Sean Price is an American rapper from Brownsville, Brooklyn, a member of the Hip Hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik. He came to fame as one-half of the duo Heltah Skeltah, performing under the name Ruck, along with partner Rock. will be considered next Thursday by Cleveland Police Authority.
The authority's chairman, Councillor Dave McLuckie, says the spending plans strike the balance between building on the progress made in recent years, delivering continuing improvements in service to the public and recognising the difficulties posed by the current economic climate.
The 4.75% hike in the police share of council tax bills would mean an extra 17p a week for Band D tax payers and an 11p a week rise for Band A payers.
Of the pounds 147m spending in 2009-10 just over pounds 31m will come from council tax payers.
The budget plans include: Ensuring record numbers of 1,727 police officers and 197 community officers are maintained.
Creating the Cleveland Force's own air support unit.
Opening the new Strategic Road Policing Unit at Wynyard.
Consolidating existing services to provide a new Vulnerable Persons Unit.
Continuing the roll-out of state-of-the art handheld information technology for front-line officers.
Cllr McLuckie said: "We have made real progress on many different fronts in the current financial year and that has been felt most where it really matters - in front-line policing.
"We have record officer numbers and we have given them the best possible facilities and equipment to do the job.
"That is reflected in that crime figures last month were down by 17% compared to last year and we're hopeful of achieving a 20% reduction by the end of the financial year."
He also said that he was confident the setting up of Cleveland's own air support unit would result in major improvements to the service for Teesside.
He added: "No rise in bills is ever welcome - especially at such a difficult time for individuals and the economy as a whole.
"But I believe the relatively modest increase proposed - no more than 11p per week for the majority of council tax payers - does strike the right balance."
IN FAVOUR: Councillor Dave McLuckie, above