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Rushcliffe MP welcomes increases to Nottinghamshire’s police budget

Last night Parliament approved the new Police Grant which will provide an extra £287 million for police forces across the country including a £9 million increase for Nottinghamshire.

This will bring the total funding for the police forces to £17.2 billion over the next financial year.
This comes after the news last month that the government has reached 85% of its 2019 manifesto target to recruit 20,000 new police officers and is well on track to hit the total target.

As a result of the uplift, 405 more police officers have joined Nottinghamshire police.

Ruth often asks residents to provide feedback on crime and policing through surveys or letters. Last year, antisocial behaviour and rural crime were amongst the biggest concerns and both areas are now a priority for Rushcliffe’s neighbourhood policing team.

Speaking in Parliament last month, Ruth thanked Neighbourhood Inspector, Rob Lawton, and his team and highlighted some of the great work they have been doing to tackle these problems, including the introduction of a Burglary Reduction Officer to support victims of theft.

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Operations to crack down on organised rural crime like hare coursing and vehicle theft are also underway and a “Farm Pack” containing useful advice on prevention measures will be issued to all Rushcliffe farmers.

The neighbourhood policing team will be visiting every farm in Rushcliffe over the next few months to discuss security arrangements with them. To tackle antisocial behaviour, £250,000 has been provided by the Government’s “Safer Streets Funding” for CCTV and other equipment on Central Avenue.

Speeding is also a common complaint in response to Ruth’s surveys, and the Neighbourhood team now do many more speeding and road safety operations. Any member of the public can request one through their local councillors.


Ruth said: “I am delighted that the government is continuing to increase investment in policing services and that Nottinghamshire is leading the way on officer recruitment.

“Many of our new officers have gone into the Neighbourhood policing teams and we now have more patrols in villages like Keyworth and Ruddington. I’d like to thank Inspector Rob Lawton and his team for all the hard work they are doing in Rushcliffe.”

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