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Residents will want tax refund if extra police do not arrive in town soon, says councillor

Councillor Matt Rogers is keeping up the pressure on Humberside Police to instate the new police officers in Driffield as soon as possible claiming that residents in the town will be “asking for a refund on their Council Tax” if they are not in place soon.

As reported in the Wolds Weekly, an additional 12 police officers and two sergeants are due to be allocated to Driffield as part of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget precept.

Council taxpayers in Driffield saw the amount of money they pay in their bills increase after an increase in precept was agreed to enable a return to round-the-clock policing in the town.

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, meant Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman could place a 24-hour response team in every town in the force area.

In May, PC Martin Phillips told Driffield town councillors 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.

Last week, PCSO Claire Watson attended the meeting of Driffield Town Council and said that the process to identify the correct officers is underway.

She said: “We will be getting experienced officers and we are still waiting on getting everything ready at the police station for their arrival, but we still haven’t been told when they will be in place.”

Cllr Rogers welcomed the news of the extra officers but urged PCSO Watson to feedback his concerns over the length of time it is taking to get the officers in place.

He said: “It is really positive that new officers are on their way to Driffield, however it is over four months ago now that we voted for the rise in the precept.

“Sooner or later, residents will be asking for a refund on their Council Tax bills because the increase was to enable these officers to be in place and we are still waiting.”

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