Meeting will question top officer over cuts

Nigel Morgan and Dave Cutts, with centre, Oli Poole

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THE man tasked with holding the police chief constable to account is to ask him about policing in time of cuts.

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes is holding a scrutiny meeting next month with chief constable Andy Marsh.

Mr Hayes will ask Mr Marsh about cuts to the police budget and how the force is addressing challenges.

It comes as government cuts of £80m have led Mr Hayes to propose increasing the police precept in the council tax by 1.99 per cent, raising £2m.

Mr Hayes said: ‘My commitment to improve and protect front-line policing in my Police and Crime Plan has put neighbourhood policing at the heart of the constabulary’s operational model.’

The public can submit questions ahead of the meeting at Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Thursday, February 12 at 2.30pm. Call 01962 871595.