Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is continuing to call for an uplift in police funding in a bid to keep Derbyshire’s police service fit for the future.
This week’s Budget will see departmental announcements. However, the Police Grant settlement is not due to be revealed until December. Derbyshire’s Commissioner is determined to plead his case until the very last minute. To that end he has been holding one to one meetings with some local MPs and providing further financial details to others to stress the importance of an appropriate funding deal for the county.
He said: “It’s quite clear to me. The demand on the police has grown as criminality has changed. For example nowadays you are more likely to be mugged on-line from 5000 miles away than face to face. Investigating cyber-crime is resource intensive and requires a different skill set to those needed by officers patrolling the streets.
“The population has increased, yet the number of officers has declined steadily since 2010. The claims of a flat cash settlement and ‘protected’ police budget are just not true. We are losing 1.3% each year. Inflation is running somewhere around 2%. Add to that the complexity of services expected from the police and a perfect storm is looming.
“I am asking our Westminster representatives to plead our case ahead of Settlement Day, which is when the police grant is announced. I have no intention of sitting back and doing nothing until 13th December. I will continue to do everything I can to highlight our case.
“Local people still have time to add their voice to my campaign by writing to their parliamentary representative. They can download the outline letter available on my website or simply use the information it contains.
“I am hopeful that after a year where the police service has been put through so much challenge and heartache that the Government will support us financially. It is in the interests of public safety, not just in Derbyshire but across England and Wales.”
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Posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017