Derbyshire’s PCC Hardyal Dhindsa says that the continuing claims that the Policing Budget is “protected” are looking more than shaky after a week in which a number of forces have announced measures to combat the ongoing pressure for savings.
Speaking after it was revealed that the Norfolk force plans to scrap its 150 PCSOs to save around £1.6m and a number of forces have announced that they will not be providing police support to Remembrance Day parades, the Commissioner said that the Government’s assertions that the police budget is protected were ringing hollow.
“I’m relieved that these scenarios are not taking place in Derbyshire,” he said. “But we are still having to prioritise how we use our resources. One example of this is closing a number of police stations with public facing counters.
“I simply fail to see how these persistent claims that the police budget is protected, trotted out yet again last week at the Home Affairs Select Committee, can be taken seriously when you consider that it actually means we will be losing around 1.3% of our funding.
“In Derbyshire alone we need to find savings of £5m over the next two years. Nationally, policing stands to lose £200m progressively each year. This is not protected.
“The pressure to tackle new and emerging crimes such as modern slavery, human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and many others is not just going away.
“Forces are having to make difficult decisions about the level of services they provide. Some things are not being done. That is not protecting policing.
“I have given the facts to all 11 Derbyshire MPs of the negative impact of cuts in Derbyshire police funding and encouraged them to stand up for Derbyshire. Let's hope they support my campaign. Will they? Here's hoping.
“The public of Derbyshire can do your bit if you agree with me. Please write to your local MP and tell them of your views. If you need a helping hand download my outline letter http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Fairer-Funding/Fairer-Funding-For-Derbyshire-Police.aspx and send it to your MP. Surely the Government will heed common sense?
“There is an opportunity to put matters right and provide forces with the funding they need to do the job the public expect when the police grant is allocated in the coming weeks. Until then I will do everything I can to ensure Derbyshire receives a fair slice of the funding cake.”
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Posted on Thursday 26th October 2017