Posted: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Another year has arrived bringing with it fresh opportunity for improvement and success.
The New Year is always a time for rejuvenation and motivation and so it is that my office has been very busy finalising the financial preparations for 2017-18 which will help us to achieve our goals and ambitions for the coming year.
It’s another tough budget and the burden of achieving multimillion pound savings will continue over the next 12 months as we look to plug the gap in our centralised funding. However, it is not insurmountable and we have robust plans in place to deliver it in a way which protects our performance and response capabilities at the highest possible level.
Resources will remain precious and risk-driven as they have throughout the austerity years. In the coming year, we need to identify £5.5m of savings but this is less than half of the £12m required this year and will be achieved with minimal impact where possible through changes in procurement, reduced overtime and the loss of some police officer numbers.
However, we are continuing with the recruitment of a new group of 64 officers who will be trained and ready to be deployed within the next 12 months. While this intake will not replace all vacant police posts, it will nevertheless help us to maintain a strong reactive response to where it is needed most.
One of the key driving forces of this recruitment campaign and others that have preceded it is the aim to make Nottinghamshire Police a truly representative workforce. We’re working very hard to increase the diversity within the organisation. It’s vital that the Force reflects the community it is here to serve and everyone I work with is fully committed to making this happen.
Currently, we have budgeted for 200 PCSOs who will help us to maintain a strong presence across our communities. We are slightly under that figure at this stage but we hope to see full strength soon.
We’re also looking to purchase more electronic tags to keep track of those most at risk of reoffending. Tagging helps us to tackle a range of community problems from shoplifting and antisocial behaviour through to knife crime and gang violence and I’m keen that we expand this tool where possible.
I know the contribution of our PCSOs is highly valued by the public and I’m looking forward to hearing about their work in Calverton when I visit next month alongside PCSO Kirsty Szeluk.
Regrettably, we’ve had to change the date for this visit which will now take place on Monday 27 February. If you would like to talk to me about anything please meet us in the library at 1pm or join us on our walkabout.
Police and Crime Commissioner