North Wales council taxpayers will be faced with an above-inflation increase of 3.44% in the bill for policing.
Members of the Police and Crime Panel agreed the rise at at their Conwy meeting.
Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick QC said it would equate to an extra 17p a week per average household and increase the precept to a total of more than £66.6 million.
He told members that it is the fifth consecutive year of severe cuts for the force and it is likely that a £15.5 million reduction will have to be found in the next four years.
Two police officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries today after their patrol car hit a wall and a street light at 5.30am this morning.
It happened at Penygroes, near Caernarfon, and the car was badly damaged.
North Wales Police say investigations are continuing into the incident and are appealing for information.
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Police are appealing for help to trace two teenagers last seen close to Wrexham railway station on Monday November 17 at about 6pm. Stephen Atkins aged 17 and Jordan Hogan aged 15 may be in the Rhyl area.
Stephen is described as a white about 5’9” tall with short brown hair and of slim build. He was wearing a blue jacket and dark blue or black jeans.
Jordan is described as a white also about 5’9” tall with short brown hair and of slim build. He was wearing a faded red T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms with blue Adidas trainers.
If anyone has information about their whereabouts please call police on 101.
1 of 4 North Wales Police are seeking the help of the public in looking for a Missing Person, Andrew Riches aged 46 from the London Area.
2 of 4 Andrew is described as bald head, 5'9 & stocky build. Andrew is believed to be driving a Blue Ford Mondeo, Index number SD04WDC.
3 of 4 Believed to be in the North Wales Area, possibly camping in Snowdonia.
4 of 4 Inspector Kearney of the North Wales Police said "We'd appeal for any sightings of Andrew / vehicle - contact Police urgently".
Detectives are using advances in DNA technology to try and identify human remains discovered in North Wales in the last 50 years.
Under Operation Orchid, officers say they hope to bring closure to families who have lived with uncertainty for a long time.
Criminality is not suspected in any of the cases.
One mystery dates back to January 1980, when female human remains were recovered from the sea 15 miles off Llandudno and were interred at a local cemetery.
Police inquiries with the National Missing Persons Bureau have identified a possible match with 39-year-old Priscilla Berry, possibly of the maiden name Sturgess.
She went missing from her home in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, in June 1978.
It is now possible to link close family members such as siblings or children through DNA. If we can locate a brother, sister or child of Mrs Berry we can take a DNA sample to compare to the remains.
Although Mrs Berry went missing over 35 years ago, we believe it is still important for her family to know what became of their relative - and we will do all we can to help.
It is by no means certain that the remains are those of Mrs Berry, but the proposed tests should provide a definitive answer.
We are therefore appealing to anyone who is related to Priscilla Berry or knows any of her family members to contact North Wales Police.
It's probably the biggest single police beat in Wales - but the idea of having one police officer to tackle maritime crime on the Gwynedd coast has paid off.
Since Paul Duggan was appointed two years ago, the crime rate's shrunk dramatically. And before he took it on - he knew nothing about life at sea. Rob Shelley went to meet him.
A beach party aimed at attracting thousands of revellers has been cancelled after North Wales Police warned the organisers the event was illegal.
Officers and coastal rangers said they were responding to reports of a party on the sand dunes and beach at Talacre in Flintshire for July 5th.
North Wales Police say they visited the organisers and "strongly advised them that such an event would be illegal and that they would be held responsible".
The organisers have now cancelled the event.
Sergeant John Williams said, “We will deal positively to reports of any large groups gathering on Talacre beach, which is likely to cause serious upset in the community. This area is a natural habitat for wildlife and the fines involved for damage range up to £20,000.
“We have powers to seize vehicles and sound equipment and would do so if necessary. We have now been informed by the organisers that the event has been cancelled.”
Two motorcyclists have been killed and five people injured in a crash in north Wales.
The collision - involving a car and six bikers - happened on the A5104 between Pontblyddyn and Penyffordd in Flintshire at around 12.50pm today.
North Wales Police says two bikers died at the scene. The other bikers and the driver of the car were taken to hospital for treatment. The road is closed while investigations take place.