PCC reveals slight increase in police numbers for Hucknall and Bulwell under new funding plans

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Bulwell is getting more response officers for the town as part of new plans outlined by Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Response officers are officers dispatched in patrol cars across the force to answer public calls for help, including emergency blue light calls.

Bulwell will get five new response officers allocated to it, taking its total to 20.

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It will also share seven new neighbourhood PCs – often referred to as ‘Bobbies on the beat – with Oxclose Lane, taking the total for the two towns to 20.

Hucknall and Bulwell will be seeing an increase in police officers. Photo: Nottinghamshire PoliceHucknall and Bulwell will be seeing an increase in police officers. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police
Hucknall and Bulwell will be seeing an increase in police officers. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

Hucknall will share six new neighbourhood PCs with Kirkby, bringing the number for the two towns to 20.

But while Kirkby is also getting an additional 10 new response officers – taking its total to 40 – Hucknall is getting none and will remain on 25.

In total, 187 officers will redeployed into high-visibility neighbourhood policing and response roles in communities across Nottinghamshire over the next year.

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It comes as PCC Caroline Henry (Con) announced her intention to maintain officer numbers at more than 2,400 – as well as 150 PCSOs.

Speaking at Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel meeting on February 5, Mrs Henry revealed that, following a demand review, the force was set to reallocate 105 PCs to neighbourhood policing roles and 72 PCs and 10 sergeants to response policing roles.

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A pledge for officers to attend all burglaries will also be maintained and the force will have a dedicated lead for shop thefts, as part of the plans.

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She said: “Police officer numbers is one of the key issues that people tell me is important to them when I’m out and about in the community - and our engagement and consultation exercise has also shown a real strength of feeling around this.

“It is a difficult balance to get right, as staffing costs make up around two thirds of all Nottinghamshire Police’s expenditure.

"But through some prudent efficiency savings, some additional Government grants and a modest increase in the council tax precept, we can safeguard those high police officer numbers that people want to see in their neighbourhoods.

“The force is looking to redeploy more officers to those high-visibility neighbourhood policing roles, and these budget plans mean the resources remain in place to do that.”

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The budget plans identify £5.2m of savings and efficiencies to help reduce the burden on the taxpayer.

This includes £2m of efficiencies due to service redesigns, removal of temporary posts and the conclusion of fixed-term contracts.

A total of £2.5m has been found from investment income and reduced interest paid on loans, while £700,000 has been found through savings from premises, computing, supplies and additional income.

Mrs Henry added she would also be safeguarding the £4.2m budget for grants and commissioning through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire to continue vital work to support victims and prevent crime, help people feel safe and protect them from becoming victims of crime.