City Areas to Get 18 More Police Officers; Force Sets out to Reduce Fear of Crime

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Byline: By BEN GRIFFIN Crime Reporter

COVENTRY will get 18 new police officers in what has been heralded a "return to community policing" in the city.

The extra officers will be based in teams of six in areas which do not traditionally have a crime problem, and where residents often feel neglected by police.

The news comes with the announcement that there will be an extra 200 police officers on frontline duties across the West Midlands.

They will be a combination of police officers and uniformed community support officers.

The West Midlands Police authority also announced a 4.5 per cent rise in the cost of policing.

Taxpayers in Coventry will pay pounds 83.68 for the year 2005 to 2006.

If proposals for the council tax in the city for 2005 to 2006 are rubber- stamped later this month, that will take the bill for someone living in an average band D property to pounds 1,216.84.

The fire authority precept has yet to be added.

Cllr Tony O'Neill, deputy leader of Coventry City Council, who sits on the police authority, said the 18 Coventry officers would not be community support officers. …