Police officer and PCSO in Darlington
Durham PCC confirms latest cuts adversely affects police budgets
The Government has announced its Comprehensive Spending Review for 2015/16. The Home Office will receive 6% less money than at present and whilst the detail of the review has yet to be made available, it will inevitably mean that police forces such as Durham will, in turn, receive less funding.
Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “The Force has already had to reduce its budget by £15 million over the last three years as a result of significant reductions in Central Government funding. That said we have managed to improve performance in terms of falling crime, rising detection rates and good levels of public satisfaction.
“This is down to high quality staff and excellent problem solving, coupled with good working relationships with the public, the business community and our partners in the public sector.”
Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “This announcement places yet more pressure on the service. It will inevitably challenge the way that we use our diminishing human resources to maintain County Durham and Darlington's status as one of the safest places to live in the country.
“Whilst I have every confidence in the Chief Constable and his officers and staff, the Government needs to recognise that further significant cuts in funding will inevitably impact on the ability of Forces up and down the country, to continue to tackle crime effectively.
“Keeping people safe is expensive and although the Force has made large strides in increasing its efficiency, future funding levels from the Government need to be set at a realistic level. These further cuts allied to a Council Tax freeze do not represent a realistic level.”
Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2013