Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is ‘disappointed’ at the further spending cuts in policing announced today by Chancellor George Osborne.
But he remains “committed to working closely with the Chief Constable to ensure that these further Government cuts will have the least possible impact on areas of policing that are most important to the Derbyshire public.”
Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review Statement for 2015-16 includes a drop in funding for policing across the UK of “less than 6%.” On the whole, the Home Office’s funding is being cut by 6%.
“We don’t know yet just how much Derbyshire Constabulary will be affected, and we are still waiting for details of the grant settlement for 2014/15,” the Commissioner said.
“I am confident that police officers and staff across Derbyshire will continue to work as hard as they can to maintain the fall in crime wherever possible, but this will be extremely difficult with these Government cuts. We will, however, be supported in doing this by the prudent savings made in the past year.
“Derbyshire Constabulary has already recorded significant savings of £2.5m in year-end figures for 2012-13. Many of these were made possible by cautious management practices designed to ensure that we are in the best possible position to face these additional Government cuts.”
The savings also included lower spending than anticipated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and former Police Authority. They will be allocated to the operational funding reserve to help mitigate the funding gap projected in future years and protect local policing. Some of the underspend will also be used to boost local crime prevention projects through the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund.
Mr Charles, whilst welcoming the Chancellor’s decision to protect funding for counter-terrorism, cautioned that the Chancellor and Home Secretary need to be aware that fundamental counter-terrorism work is carried out by officers at ground level in police force areas across the country. “The cuts to the Derbyshire policing budget are not helping us in this essential work,” he said.
Mr Osborne has told police forces to share services which Derbyshire has led on, along with their East Midlands colleagues, by developing collaborative, shared support services and front line policing services across the East Midlands region. “We will continue to do this,” Mr Charles said.
The Commissioner pointed out that crime has fallen in Derbyshire by more than more than 50% over the last 10 years thanks to the hard work of police officers and police staff. “This is despite the savage cuts inflicted by the Government over the last three years,” he said.
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Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2013