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Cost of sustaining police service revealed

The cost of meeting the rise in crime whilst investing to stem that rise and protect the public has been revealed.

Evidence gathered by PCCs and Police Chiefs shows that £440m extra is required in 2018/19 and £845m in 2019/20, an increase of 1.5% to 2% more than inflation in each year.

The Home Office asked PCCs and Police Chiefs to assess levels of stretch and resilience in the service over the summer.

The rise in funding would provide an additional 5,000 officers to deal with increased local policing demands from new sorts of crime and increasing complexity, and an armed policing uplift of a further 1,100 officers.

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping said: “Over the past five years police budgets have reduced by £2.3bn, representing a 25% cut in grant.  Police numbers have gone down by 20,000, meaning there are less police on the streets. In fact, police numbers are at their lowest for 30 years.

“The story is borne out in Nottinghamshire where savings of £54m have been made over the past five years and the number of officers and PCSOs has reduced.” 

“PCCs and Chief Constables are bidding for extra money - £440m next year, increasing to £845m in 2019/20.  If successful, that would fund 5000 new officers (in England and Wales) over the two-year period and an additional 1,100 armed officers to combat the immediate terrorist threat.

“We’re also bidding for extra funding to tackle cyber-crime, fraud and counter terrorism. 

“I’m absolutely determined to make sure that Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands get their fair share.”

The APCC and the NPCC have responded to a Home Office request to collate evidence from across all 43 police forces and associated agencies and assess levels of strain and resilience across the country.

The request comes at a time when pressures on police time and resources are increasing. Whether it is from the increase in recorded crime, up by 13 per cent this year, more complex crimes being committed and a growing terrorist threat, the police, more than ever, are being called on to respond.

The current funding arrangements, in place since the 2015 Spending Review, mean that overall police spending has been protected, in real terms, between 2015/16 to 2019/20. However, due to the change in demand, the current “flat cash” settlement for local forces, which does not insulate them from inflation or the recent changes in the national pay settlement, is no longer considered sufficient.

Paddy Tipping added: “I am aware that officers and staff, whose work we value so greatly, have become stretched like never before.

“Take local policing, the bedrock of policing in this country, and the increasing complexity of criminality: the ability to deliver this key component of policing is becoming ever more difficult. We believe that a lack of investment will lead to increases in crime and a reduction of police and state legitimacy.”

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For further information regarding the report, please contact Jamie Hurst Jamie.hurst@apccs.police.uk 07710 716659.

 

Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

 

 

Posted on Monday 30th October 2017
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