Northants Police to increase council tax

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds

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Raising the police portion of council tax by almost two per cent could become an “annual thing” according to Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

On Tuesday, the county’s Police and Crime Panel voted in favour of increasing the precept by 1.99 per cent.

PCC Simmonds said the money raised from the tax rise was ring fenced to help support victims of crime.

The PCC has also pledged to recruit more special constables, aiming to reach 900 by May next year.

The force currently has 500 special constables and Mr Simmonds is offering a tender of £50,000 to £500,000 to a firm that can increase the amount of special constables to 900.