A call is to be made for the Home Office to provide greater funding for Essex Police.
Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet is concerned that the force is under-resourced and unable to do its job effectively.
It has decided to write to the Home Office about the situation and to express its dissatisfaction over the current arrangements.
The move comes following a recommendation from the Council’s Community Leadership and Partnership Committee.
It met with the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst in November and was concerned to learn the Essex Police Force received below average funding because its crime rate was lower than average.
One third of its money comes from Central Government with two thirds from Council Tax.
Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Enforcement and Community Safety, told Cabinet on Friday: “It is quite simple that Essex Police does not have enough resources to do its job.
“It is being forced to prioritise crimes such as internet crime and child exploitation and the force is a lot smaller than it used to be.”
Cllr Guglielmi said the Council had a good working relationship with Essex Police with the Tendring Community Safety Hub being a prime example.
“It is promoted by the Police and Crime Commissioner as the way forward across the county,” he added.
TDC Leader Neil Stock, who chairs the Essex Leaders and Chief Executives Group of 15 local authorities, said that he will ask it to give its support to the letter going to the Home Office.