Responding to today’s announcement from the Home Office on provisional financial allocations for police forces, Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “While this announcement is not as bad as we all feared earlier in the year, the fact remains that in reality we will suffer a reduction in funding of around £800,000 this year.
“This is on top of the 25% funding cuts that we have been subjected to over the last four years. In Nottinghamshire we have plans in place to deliver savings of a further £20m by March 2017, and it is clear that the Government expects local tax payers to make up this new, additional shortfall through an increase in the police portion of the local council tax.
“Clearly, the devil is often in the detail and we need to go through those details very carefully in the coming days and weeks as we seek to set a budget that is in line with public expectations. To that end, I am consulting with both our local partners and the public in the run up to the budget setting process early next year.
“But with regards to today’s announcement, whichever way you crunch the figures; it is not a neutral position. We also have to take into account the new pressures that are on the horizon, from the change in national insurance contributions, inflationary pressures and pay increases to the shifting nature of criminality itself.
“This change in the types of crime we face also shapes the way services are delivered, and while people feel reassured by the sight of a routine police patrol it is a fact that a child is more likely to get abused on-line in their bedroom than on the street corner. We have to work differently to tackle issues such as child sexual exploitation, terrorism and cybercrime and that, combined with the financial position, means that we may well need to make further cuts to the number of officers.
“To keep these reductions to minimum I would like to see better, more inclusive procurement deals, with more partners on the same page, to bring better deals and more joint projects in terms of service delivery.”
Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
Posted on Thursday 17th December 2015