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Mr Speaker, our police are on the front line of the fight to keep us safe.
In the last Parliament, we made savings in police budgets – but thanks to the reforms of my Right Honourable Friend the Home Secretary and the hard work of police officers, crime fell and the number of neighbourhood officers increased.
That reform must continue in this Parliament.
We need to invest in new state-of-the-art mobile communications for our emergency services, and introduce new technology at our borders and increase the counter-terrorism budget by 30%.
We should allow elected Police and Crime Commissioners greater flexibility in raising local precepts in areas where they have been historically low.
And further savings can be made in the police as different forces merge their back offices and share expertise. We will provide a new fund to help with this reform.
Mr Speaker, I’ve had representations police budgets should be cut by up to 10%. But now is not the time for further police cuts.
Now is the time to back our police and give them the tools do the job.
I am today announcing there will be no cuts in the police budget at all. There will be real terms protection for police funding. The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.
Statement from the Labour Party (3-11-15)
Tomorrow in parliament Labour is calling on the Tories to rethink their plans to further slash police funding and to secure a settlement that maintains front line services and does not compromise public safety.
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1. Before coming to power, David Cameron promised to protect the front line of policing. However, 17,000 police officers have been lost since 2010 – 12,000 of those were from the operational front line.
2. Now the Tories are threatening further deep cuts to the policing budget – Theresa May has been asked by George Osborne to plan for reductions of 25% or 40%.
3. Senior officers are warning that upcoming spending reductions could lead to up to thousands of police job losses. While all around the country, police chiefs are worried that their forces could be reduced to “blue light only” services.
4. This is at a time when there have been significant increases in violent and sexual offences recorded by the police this year. And when the estimated 5.1m online fraud incidents and 2.5m cybercrime offences are added to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the headline crime rate nearly doubles to more than 11.6m.
5. The Tories think they can keep cutting policing with no effect on public safety, but it is clear that crime is changing, not falling. Labour is fighting to protect the front line and make sure the police are equipped with the resources they need to fight crime in the 21st century.
Taken from the LGA (20-10-15)
Police will become less visible
Police officers will become "less visible" on the streets because forces are failing properly to manage finances in the face of government spending cuts, according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. The watchdog said forces will need to make major changes in order to drive down costs. HMIC said forces in England and Wales were preparing to lose 7,400 officers over the next five years as well as 1,300 community support officers and 3,500 other staff.
The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1 Daily Mail, Page: 6 The Independent, Page: 14
It looks as if the Police and Crime Commissioner is going to sell off police stations.
See the video of the Police and Crime Commissioner telling Lewis Herbert that 101 calls are answered within seconds
It is my experience that a machine answers the call and then you wait and wait and wait and ...
Who and what is the Police and Crime Commissioner
The following is taken from the web page of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner is elected by you, the public.
Sir Graham Bright was declared as Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on November 16, 2012.
Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for delivering an efficient and effective police service in their area. Commissioners set police and crime objectives, the police budget and issue crime and disorder reduction grants through the Police and Crime Plan. Commissioners also hold the police to account, making them answerable to the public.
A Commissioner’s role is to support and, when necessary, challenge the Chief Constable. They must also work with local agencies such as local authorities, health, the Probation Trust, fire and rescue service and the criminal justice system, to ensure there is a joined-up approach to preventing and reducing crime.
The Commissioner is ultimately held to account for performance by you, the public, every four years through the ballot box. However, a Police and Crime Panel, made up of representatives from each of the city, county and district councils along with two independent members, also considers in public how the Commissioner delivers their functions. The Panel provides checks and balances in relation to the performance of the Commissioner. The Panel scrutinises the Commissioner’s exercise of their statutory functions. The Panel does not scrutinise the Chief Constable.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is extremely varied. The primary role of the Commissioner is to support and challenge the Chief Constable to provide effective and efficient policing services for the area. Police and Crime Commissioners:
- Work with a range of partner agencies
- Award crime and disorder reduction grants to organisations who support their police and crime objectives
- Publish an annual Police and Crime Plan
- Set local police and crime objectives
- Ensure the police are accountable to the public by engaging with their communities
- Hold the Chief Constable to account (Hire and, if necessary, dismiss)
- Set the policing part (precept) of council tax