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14 extra police on the way to Driffield – but when?

Driffield town councillors have welcomed news that the town is set to gain an additional 12 police officers and two sergeants as part of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget proposals.

A return of round-the-clock policing for Driffield was one of Jonathan Evison’s proposals for the precept increase which was passed earlier this year.

Residents saw the precept they pay for policing increase by £14.99 per year, or 29p per week on a Band D property, which along with an additional £6.2 million from Humberside Police’s reserves, means Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman could place a 24-hour response team in every town in the force area.

Speaking to councillors at this month’s meeting, PC Martin Phillips said that Superintendent Paul Butler had confirmed that Driffield will receive 12 extra police officers and two sergeants and that they would be in place once the final administrative and logistical arrangements have been made.

PC Phillips told the councillors: “In relation to the extra officers promised for Driffield, I asked Superintendent Butler and he confirmed to me that 12 officers and two sergeants are coming to Driffield.

“He couldn’t give an exact date of when they would be in place because the logistical and administrative arrangements of getting the station ready for them is still ongoing.”

Cllr Matt Rogers said it was fantastic news that the officers were definitely coming to the town but asked PC Phillips to keep asking the question of when they would be arriving because he said residents were already paying for them.

He said: “We have been paying for the additional officers through our Council Tax since April but have not seen anything yet.

“It is fantastic news that they are coming and positive for the town and something that as ward councillors we have pushed for, but we need them here now and I hope they will be in place sooner rather than later.

“When we were out canvassing for the recent elections, it was the main question we were getting asked.”

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