Force to meet to discuss its finances

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POLICE budget setters will sit down with business leaders and other taxpayers to discuss how to best spend their cash next year.

The Durham Police Authority meeting at County Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday, January 17, will also include its citizens’ panel.

They will discuss the policing budget proposals for the county force for 2012/13. Members of the public can attend to feed in their views.

The authority is an independent body responsible for ensuring Durham Constabulary delivers an efficient and effective police service to residents.

It is made up of 17 people, who include nine councillors and eight members of the public who are the independent members.

The authority finances its budget with funding from government grants, council tax payments and non-domestic rates. Non-domestic rates, or business rates, are collected by local authorities from occupants of non-domestic properties.

Durham Police Authority Peter Thompson said: “This time of year is always difficult for the authority and it is important that we consult widely with the general public, through the citizens’ panel and through meetings with the business community.

“We are determined to put front-line policing at the forefront of our priorities and the police authority will continue to support the chief constable and his officers in every way possible to ensure that the constabulary maintains its status as one of the best performing forces in the whole of the country.”