Please find below the link to an electronic leaflet which provides information relating to the budget for policing in Derbyshire during the financial year 2020-21.
Statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire
As I write this, we find ourselves in an unusual situation. We still do not know what the funding settlement is for policing and hence what level of grant the Home Office will provide. Therefore, this year’s consultation is on a wider range of options.
The government has pledged to increase police officers nationally by 20,000 by 31 March 2023. Derbyshire’s share of that figure is 283 police officers. We are already well on our way to recruiting the first 50 additional officers this year (2019/20), with plans to recruit a further 35 next year. The remainder will be recruited in 2021/22 and 2022/23.
However, the 20,000 pledge fails to address the cuts that were made during austerity to our police staff numbers and infrastructure (IT, estate, vehicles and equipment for example). Derbyshire has lost over 400 police officers and the best part of 300 police staff to help address cuts of some £40m (in real terms) since 2010. During my term of Office, I have begun to repair that damage by increasing overall numbers by 145 (83 police officers and 62 police staff) thanks largely to the support of the public of Derbyshire. But we still have much to do to restore Derbyshire Constabulary to the position it was in before 2010, let alone develop the service to meet the new and emerging risks, threats and challenges faced by the police.
The national 20,000 uplift also does nothing to help police forces out of the red financially. Many PCCs and Chief Constables are still having to make cuts to exist within their means. We are no different. The Chief Constable and I face some very difficult decisions if the government does not increase funding for policing, over and above the 20,000 pledge. That would mean cuts for Derbyshire. If we are not able to afford our current police staff numbers, they will have to reduce and vital roles may have to be filled by police officers. Far from ideal, more expensive than it needs to be and, critically, reducing how many additional officers go to the frontline.
Neither the Chief or myself are happy with the difficult position our finances are in and we continue to lobby government for more funding. But, in the meantime, we seek your views on what level of support you as Derbyshire council-tax payers would be willing to give to protecting your police service and working with us to keep Derbyshire safe.
I am tremendously grateful for your support over these difficult years and value your views for the future. Thank you for taking part in this survey.
The survey closed on Thursday 23rd January 2020. Thank you to everyone who completed it.
To have your say on the Precept Budget for 2020-21 complete the below quick survey.