“Since I have been elected I have been clear with the public about my concerns about underfunding of the police service, and I have taken many opportunities to speak-up for Teesside and the wider region on cuts to budgets and top slicing by central Government.
“The evidence published today by the Force is stark. The ongoing demand placed on the Force to protect the public from harm speaks volumes and the levels are far removed from the policing days of old.
“I can only begin to imagine the depth of work and length of time that goes into a single case of protecting a child from a sexual offender, for example, or managing volatile domestic relationships in the community.
“I’ve had the benefit of seeing the plans in place to address this demand - they are good plans – they look to collaboration and new ways of working, but more needs to be done nationally to address the changing landscape and reducing budgets.
“I’m Cleveland born and bred, no-one is prouder of the area than me – but I do know that we have challenges, we suffer higher than average levels of deprivation and have higher levels of people living with mental health conditions. This adds increasing vulnerability in our communities.
“Our challenge is unique to us – that’s why this work is so important in helping us to move forward. I can help in my role by commissioning services to support the police in their work – whether it be to empower victims, reduce domestic abuse, or to raise awareness of hate crime.
“I attend hundreds of meetings across the area, and I know that the public understand the difficulty that officers face and are supportive of Cleveland Police. The results of these meetings form my Police and Crime Plan.
“I will continue to push on the Home Secretary to reassess the budget to the police service and urge local residents to speak to their MPs on the issue as I do regularly.”
Click here to view the the Cleveland Police press release and download the demand analysis infographic.
Posted on Wednesday 15th July 2015