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Cost of policing to increase

Cost of policing to increase

Published at 3:11pm 9th February 2015. (Updated at 3:48pm 9th February 2015)

Households are going to pay more for North Yorkshire Police from April.

An increase of just under 2% has been approved by the Police and Crime Panel following a public consultation.

It involved over 1,500 people, with nearly 65% voting in favour of raising the annual precept.

The increase equates to 8p a week for the average Band D property or £4.15 extra per year.

Across the whole county, it will raise around £1.2 million.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: "I welcome the Panel's backing for the 8p a week precept increase, and it was clear from the consultation that the public are happy to pay more for policing.

"Importantly, and for the first time, Commissioners give residents a voice in how that money is spent. For example, the £10 million investment I approved for technology and mobile working will mean police officers will be spending more time out on the beat, something I know is important to communities up and down the county."