Policing Surrey 2024-25

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Your contributions helping to take the fight to criminals in Surrey

Your council tax contributions over the coming year will be more crucial than ever in helping our policing teams fight crime in our communities.

The new Chief Constable Tim De Meyer has set out his renewed plan for Surrey Police in which he pledges to combat pockets of lawlessness, relentlessly pursue prolific offenders and crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

This year’s increase of 4.2% in the policing element of your council tax will give him the resources to tackle those issues which I know are important to you where you live.

We have more police officers in Surrey than ever before and the county remains one of the safest in the country. I want to keep it that way but I know asking the public for more money in the current financial climate is incredibly difficult.

Policing is not immune from increased costs though and even with this year’s council tax rise, more savings must be made in the years ahead. I am working closely with the Force to ensure we provide the very best value for money we can.

I want to thank residents for their continued support which remains vital to the service Surrey Police delivers and will help to continue to improve the response you receive when you need help.

Lisa Townsend
Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

What will you pay for policing in 2024/2025

Where our money goes and comes from

£168.4 million or 55% of the budget of Surrey Police and our Office comes from the council tax amount you pay towards policing. This is just over half of the total budget.

£140.2 million or 45% of the budget comes from the Government. This is less than the total paid by tax payers in Surrey.

Supplies and Services£48.10£47.60
Operational Income-£16.50-£18.60
Gross Budget
Use of reserves
Government grant
Surplus from previous year
Council tax
Number of equivalent Band D properties
Charge based on a Band D property



An average day for Surrey Police

The below text replaces a graphic included in our council tax leaflet sent to households in Surrey.

Here are just some of the demands that contribute to an average day for Surrey Police, based on demand in the 12 months to the start of February 2024:

  • 508 emergency calls to 999
  • 606 calls to the 101 non-emergency number
  • 815 contacts online, including the Surrey Police website and live chat, social media channels and emails to Surrey Police
  • 97 emergency responses
  • 133 incidents that are allocated for investigation
  • 36 arrests
  • 34 incidents of anti-social behaviour
  • 35 thefts
  • 10 missing people
  • 44 incidents relating to mental health
  • 5 child protection incidents
  • 28 domestic abuse incidents

The above incidents are some but not all of the demand on Surrey Police in a typical day.

Thanks to your council tax contributions alongside the Government’s national uplift programme – Surrey Police is now the biggest it has ever been. The Force now has a total of approximately 4,200 officers and staff.

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Surrey’s volunteering programme includes over 400 individuals volunteering as special constables, police support volunteers or police cadets.

Collectively their dedication provides valuable support across policing teams.

To find out more see

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