05 Dec Northamptonshire Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner’s Consultation: Your Voice Matters in Shaping Emergency Services
In Northamptonshire, the allocation of resources for crucial services like the police and fire departments is a decision that directly involves residents. The responsibility falls on the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, who oversees the setting of precepts—resident contributions from council tax—to fund these essential local services. Roughly 18% of the council tax paid by Northamptonshire residents is channelled towards supporting the local police and fire services, while the remaining portion aids local authorities.
However, the financial backbone for these services doesn’t solely rely on precepts. Central government grants also play a substantial role. As preparations for the 2024/2025 fiscal year begin, the public’s input becomes instrumental in determining the level of financial commitment they are willing to make to sustain these vital emergency services.
Stephen Mold, aware of the financial strains faced by households in Northamptonshire due to rising costs, understands the delicate balance required in requesting additional funds. He acknowledges, “Asking for more money at any time is never easy…I must balance the need to invest in these vital services…with my wish not to increase the burden on local taxpayers.”
Recent years have witnessed substantial investments in both the Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, bolstering stability and enhancing public care. Yet, maintaining these advancements amid impending challenges remains a concern.
The opinions of the community hold immense significance in ensuring that the priorities for both services align with their needs. A survey has been initiated to gauge public perspectives on the financial commitment they are willing to make for these indispensable services. Additionally, the survey aims to gather insights into the public’s confidence in Northamptonshire Police.
Scheduled to close on 14th January 2024, the survey, estimated to take around 15 minutes, assures the anonymity and strict adherence to data protection regulations. All collected data will be exclusively used for consultation purposes and handled in compliance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR.
Recognising the relevance of the survey to the Northamptonshire Police, collaboration between the Office of the Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner and the police department ensures that gathered feedback is duly considered and acted upon.
The survey, administered via SurveyMonkey, guarantees the secure handling of responses, respecting the voluntary nature of participation. Participants have the freedom to refrain from answering any questions without providing a reason and can withdraw from the survey at any point.
For those seeking information on data privacy, links to the Data Privacy Notices for both the Northamptonshire Police and SurveyMonkey are provided within the survey framework.
Emphasizing the survey’s research focus, it does not substitute emergency reporting channels. For emergencies, dial 999, and for non-emergencies, contact 101 or utilize the online reporting system available at www.northants.police.uk.
Queries regarding the survey can be directed to ConsultationAndResearch@northants.pnn.police.uk.
Active participation in this survey holds the power to shape the future of emergency services in Northamptonshire. Every voice matters—ensure yours is heard!
How will my data be used?
Any information you give us will be used for the purposes of this consultation only. All data will be anonymised and will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR. For more information and to view Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Data Privacy Notice, please click here.
Because there are questions relating to Northamptonshire Police, the OPFCC will share information with them to ensure your feedback is acted on. If you would like to read more about Northamptonshire Police’s Data Privacy Notice, you can do so by clicking here.
This survey is being conducted through SurveyMonkey, to see SurveyMonkey’s Privacy Notice please click here.
Completing this survey is voluntary and we thank you in advance for taking the time to let us know your thoughts and opinions. If you decide to take part you are free to not answer any of the questions without giving a reason. If you wish to withdraw from the survey, you are free to do so at any point and can do so by closing your browser.