An increase in the police precept is needed to prevent cuts to law enforcement across County Durham and Darlington, the area’s crime commissioner has warned.

Residents are now being asked how much they are prepared to pay towards policing in the Durham Constabulary force area through their council tax next year.

Police and Crime Commissioners have a responsibility for setting force budgets and it determines the amount of council tax that goes towards policing for their area.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has called for residents to give their views on the policing precept as part of their payments to local authorities.

This will help inform decisions around the budget and the amount people pay for the upcoming year.

Commissioner Allen said “An increase of the precept for the year 2024/25 would mean that Durham Constabulary should be able to maintain police officer and PCSO numbers, although the budget will remain under pressure because of reductions in government funding for capital costs including IT and fleet and costs are rising due a number of economic issues related to inflation, especially in relation to energy and technology costs.

“I am aware of how important it is that the public receive the policing service that they deserve.”

The amount that a police force receives through the precept differs depending on the numbers and type of houses in each council tax band across that area.

Due to the majority of homes across County Durham and Darlington falling within council tax bands A and B, the area receives a much smaller funding opportunity compared to other police forces across the country, which have greater numbers of higher tax banded properties.

Commissioner Allen said: “In order to prevent cuts across the force we would require an increase in funding to even maintain the service that we currently have.

“We need to hear from residents to understand what they feel is reasonable to pay to ensure that our communities are kept safe from crime and anti-social behaviour, thanks to our police force.”

People can give their views via the survey at or email your questions to

If you are unable to complete the survey online, you can request a paper copy at

The survey will close at 5pm on the January 8.