The Humberside Police and Crime Panel has voted unanimously in favour to increase the portion of council tax used to pay for policing by 6.4%.
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter presented his proposals to the panel on Wednesday 7 February. Following the decision, the panel asked for an update after six months to measure progress.
Mr Hunter said: “I am pleased the panel have supported the proposal but fully understand the reluctance of some panel members to increase the taxes of local people. I feel the same way myself, but the reality is we have been put in this position by the Government and every community I speak to want more police officers.
“Therefore, this was the only way it could be delivered, so I’m not happy at increasing taxes but I’m content that I will be doing what communities want me to do.”
The panel is composed of a group of cross-party Councillors from Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, plus independent members.