Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Francis Habgood has released a review of the forces work.

In the video released on social media, Mr Habgood discusses The Community Policing Awards, the forces budget and demand for their services and several recent court cases.

On the increase in Council tax, he said: “70 percent of those who responded to the Police and Crime Commissioners consultation were in favour of the £24 increase in council tax for a band d house.

Without this additional investment we would have faced further cuts and it would have been really difficult to be able to continue to provide the policing services that we want to and our communities expect.”

Speaking about the number of calls to the police that are not emergencies, Mr Habgood added: “Around 80 percent of the 99 calls each year do not require an immediate police response. These inappropriate calls do delay us from reaching genuine emergency calls.

“Please think before you dial. Unless a life is in danger or a crime is in progress, you should contact us on our non-emergency number 101 or you can go online where you’ll see an increasing number of services that are available on our website.”