Up to £287m funding boost for UK policing

The Home Secretary has announced that the police sector in England and Wales will receive a funding boost of up to £287m next year.

This increase, which brings total funding for policing to £17.2bn, will allow police and crime commissioners across the 43 police forces in the two countries to focus on issues such as reducing anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime.

The government will also give police and crime commissioners in England the ability to raise an additional £349m through a council tax precept limit of £15. This funding will be used to support national policing priorities, including tackling serious violence, exploitation, abuse, fraud and cybercrime, as well as maintaining the 20,000 additional police officers being recruited to increase police presence on the streets.

Funding for counter-terrorism policing will also continue at over £1bn, including funding for armed policing and the Counter Terrorism Operations Centre.