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Durham Commissioner condemns further police budget cuts
Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, has said that the latest announcement to reducing the police budget means more financial challenges for Durham Constabulary.
He said: "At a time when the unemployment rate is 10 per cent in the North East, the Government has decided to further reduce the money allocated for local policing. Unfortunately these grant reductions inevitably mean fewer officers and staff.
"Police budgets are constantly being squeezed meaning future years look very challenging. The Force needs to save almost £13m over the next three years which is achievable, but will mean we have to do things differently".
Despite the budget cuts several institutions will benefit from top slice funding from the police settlement, including the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
"I am deeply disappointed that top slicing funding ultimately means Forces such as Durham with low levels of council tax income will struggle the most" said Mr Hogg.
"More money is being taken from Forces to fund inspection bodies who come in and tell us what to do. This is money that could be better used delivering local policing services.
"The Government is not listening to the fact that crime is now rising across most forces. Despite all of this, I am determined to work with the Chief Constable and his staff to ensure that crime still remains below the national average, that detection rates remain high and that people continue to have confidence in their local police service.
"We will continue to focus on neighbourhood policing and working more efficiently with partners for the benefit of our communities".
Posted on Thursday 19th December 2013