Despite the clear affection in which Nottinghamshire’s Mounted Section is recalled, an in-depth review into the decision to disband it has concluded that there is no sound business case to reinstate it, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said today.
“In these tough financial times we have to prioritise very carefully and there is a huge difference between ‘would like to do’ and ‘must do’. I promised that, if elected, I would review the original decision. As part of that process we have held discussions with community groups, asked the public for their views and considered the Chief Constable’s review of the original decision.
“The outcome is that we cannot justify the amount of money it would cost to reinstate the mounted section while we can still carry out the policing element of their role. I understand that people will be disappointed, but I will watch with interest the research into plans for a National Mounted Section. If these turn out to be viable, Nottinghamshire will take on board any national requirements – so the door is not completely slammed shut.”
Mr Tipping had asked for an in-depth review into the feasibility of restoring the mounted section in view of intense public feeling, and so that he could consider the cost of reinstatement when planning his budget.
“I have listened closely to the public and am very grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation via my website survey and by written correspondence,” he said. “I am also grateful for the philosophical agreement arrived at when we looked at costs at a public discussion meeting.”
Posted on Thursday 31st January 2013