Essex could get an extra 150 frontline police officers - if a proposal to increase council tax is approved.
Roger Hirst, the county's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, wants to add an average of £12 to the policing precept.
It follows an agreement by ministers that authorities could potentially charge more to help boost their funds.
A meeting of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel next Monday (January 22) will discuss the commissioner's proposal. If approved it could mean:
- 150 more frontline officers in local policing teams - bringing the total number of officers to at least 3,000 by the end of 2018/19
- 75% of money raised through increased policing element of council tax invested in local services
Mr Hirst said Essex had the lowest funding per resident of any force in the country.
In total, the council tax precept rise will raise an extra £7.524m for Essex Police while a further £3.5m in potential savings have also been identified.