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Sent 2 March 2017
Yesterday's report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary registered a number of concerns about the Police's ability to cope with demand.
I am delighted, of course, that Durham Constabulary was rated 'outstanding' - the best force in the country. But the Government's claim that local police forces have had their funding protected is simply not true. As a result of cuts since 2010, Durham has lost 375 officers, or 25% - more than almost any other police force. And overall the service has lost 32,000 officers. This is at a time when crime is rising and becoming more complex, and other services which work with the police are also seeing substantial cuts.
HMIC's report shows that the Government need to realise that enough is enough. Local police forces will continue to face significant challenges unless they are funded realistically.
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington
Posted on Friday 3rd March 2017