Residents’ views sought over police budget

A POLICE authority is asking residents to put forward their views as it sets its budget.

People can ask questions about how the budget of Durham Police Authority (DPA) is set or put forward their views about the proposed police budget

for 2012/13.

They can either speak with chairman of Durham Police Authority, Peter Thompson, directly or attend a meeting at County Hall, in Durham City.

The police authority will be meeting with business rate-payers at 5pm and The Citizens’s Panel, which is made up of council tax-payers, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, January 17, in Committee Room 2.

Mr Thompson said: “At this time of the year the DPA has to make a judgement around what can be realistically funded and what residents can afford and it is important that we consult widely with the general public to this end. The Citizens’ Panel is one way of doing this.”

Residents also have the opportunity to speak to Mr Thompson by ringing (0191) 3833503, 07824 460463 or 07798 816737 on the following dates and times:

l 8am-10am, noon-4pm and 5pm-7pm on Monday, January 16.

l 10am-noon, 4pm-5pm and 7pm-8pm on Tuesday, January 17.