Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched
The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, (Andrew Stansfield) has launched a public survey on his proposal to increase the Police precept from the Council Tax, in order to fund increased police expenditure.
Anthony Stansfeld said: “The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax precept for all households. To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability I would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.
The survey and more information, including the proposed amounts from each council tax band can be found by visiting: https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk
New Thames Valley Alert App launched
This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police. Working in partnership to make our community safer
Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce that the Thames Valley Alert App has been launched and is free to download now https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/
The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).
The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.
The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.
Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail. To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.