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PCC and Chief Constable brief MPs on county's policing challenges

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and Chief Constable Craig Guildford have met the county’s MPs to outline the financial challenge facing the force and the current threats it faces.

Eight Nottinghamshire MPs listened as the Chief and Mr Tipping talked about some of the issues facing the force, including counter terrorism and armed policing.

Mr Guildford told them that following the ‘abhorrent and tragic’ events in London and Manchester in recent weeks, there were no specific threats or risks to Nottinghamshire.

The two men spoke about the changing nature of crime, focusing on the rise in cyber and online offences and sexual abuse, both historic and contemporary.

Mr Tipping said: “We explained that Nottinghamshire is having to combat these threats with greatly reduced resources. The force has lost £54m, or 20 per cent of its funding, over the last five years and we asked MPs for their support in getting a better growth budget for the force when the chancellor unveils his budget in November.

“The Chief Constable and I are committed to working together with all Nottinghamshire’s MPs to get a fairer deal for the county and to ensure that people feel safe and secure in their homes and streets.”

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “The force, and policing across the UK, is dealing with a complex mix of current demand. We are increasingly investigating previously unreported serious offences, while at the same time trying to prepare to deal with new and emerging threats, such as online fraud, child sexual exploitation cyber-crime and human trafficking.

“We have to ensure we have the right skills and the resource in place to deal with this, while also engaging with local people to effectively problem-solve in our communities whilst living within our budgets.”

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Posted on Thursday 6th July 2017
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