Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, has robustly endorsed calls from the National Crime Agency for increased resources for policing.
The NCA’s Director General, Lynne Owens, called today for a doubling of the organisation’s budget ‘to keep pace with the growing scale and complexity’ of organised crime.
Commenting on Lynne Owens’ remarks, Ron Hogg said “When the Head of NCA states that she needs her budget doubling we should be concerned and listen carefully. Since 2010 police funding has been drastically and some might say recklessly reduced. The whole police service, and not just the NCA, is under considerable pressure.
“Recently more money has been provided for policing, but it relies heavily on Police and Crime Commissioners to raise local taxes. Such an approach is both unsustainable and unfair to deprived communities. It is vital that any adjustments to police funding in the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year address this.
“However, it is not all about money. Key policies and strategies need to be reviewed. When Vince O’Brien of the NCA says you can get Class A drugs delivered more quickly than a pizza, and that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem, we need to radically review our drugs policy so we can deal with the problem rather than massage it”.
Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2019