Public reminded time is running out to take part in budget simulator

 

Posted on 30th January 2012

Council tax payers in Derbyshire are being reminded that time is running out to take part in an online police budget simulator that lets them voice their opinions on policing priorities. 

The interactive facility is available on Derbyshire Police Authority’s website to give residents a more realistic input into this year’s budget preparations and give them a deeper insight into the impact of spending decisions on policing.

Next month, members of Derbyshire Police Authority will set the budget for 2012-13 which will require decisions over the proportion of the council tax bill to be allocated to policing and also how this funding should be spread across the Constabulary’s resources and operational departments.

The 2012/13 budget will be considered by the Derbyshire Police Authority at its public meeting on 23 February 2012 before which time full details will be available on the Authority’s website or in hard copy on request.

The budget simulator allows online users to put themselves in the shoes of police finance chiefs and decide how to spend Derbyshire’s £170m. They will be presented with a range of operational areas including local policing, roads policing, intelligence, dealing with the public and investigative support and have the dilemma of whether to increase or decrease spending in comparison to the previous year. Users will be warned of any overspending and will need to adjust their spending in other departments in order to remain with the overall budget.

The decisions will be recorded electronically, and along with the results of the ‘Have Your Say’ consultation will help inform Police Authority members of the public’s biggest priorities.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “If residents haven’t done so already, I would strongly advise they log on to our budget simulator to tell us which areas of investment are of most importance to them.

“The simulator offers a fun opportunity to play decision-maker as we prepare to set this year’s policing precept but users will quickly discover it is by no means a doddle and can involve extensive juggling work to ensure spending in one area is not to the detriment of another.”

Residents can take part in the budget simulator by visiting http://policeauthority.derbyshire.police.uk/Homepage.aspx and clicking on budget simulator.

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