The results of the Police Federation survey into demand, capacity and welfare, released yesterday, conceal mixed consequences for different Police forces as a consequence of Government decisions about police funding, says Ron Hogg.
The survey shows the increasing levels of stress that Officers are having to face, and supports a clear view amongst the Police that one of the driving factors behind this is the reduction in funding that has led to falling numbers of Police Officers.
Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, said "some forces will be benefiting from increased income next year, and that will enable them to employ additional Police Officers. That isn’t the case in Durham and Darlington, because of the way the Government has decided that funding can be raised.
"Over 50% of properties in my area are in Council Tax Band A, and there are fewer than 200 in Band H, the highest band. The 13% rise in precept, the maximum I have been allowed to introduce this year, will generate a smaller volume of income than it would if there were more higher-value properties in Durham and Darlington."
Ron added "the Government has introduced a postcode lottery, which means that the number of Officers in Durham will not change next year, and yet in more affluent parts of the country there will be more of them. I will continue to campaign for a fairer funding settlement for forces such as Durham".
He concluded by saying "local people can be assured that the sound leadership and management of the Force, investment in ICT, and our strong understanding of future demands on policing, means that the force makes the best use of the income it receives. Durham Constabulary continues to be the most effective and efficient force in the country."
Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019