Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has repeated his call for fairer funding for policing in Cleveland ahead of the Government’s budget announcement on Monday.
Mr Coppinger has written to Cleveland’s six MPs to set out the reality of Cleveland Police’s operational and financial situation, following eight years of government cuts.
Despite having some of the highest levels of victim-based crimes per head of population, Cleveland Police has lost £39m – or 36% - in real terms from its government grant over the last seven years.
This has resulted in the loss of 500 police officers and 50 PCSOs since 2010, in the face of increasing demand from additional and complex crimes such as historical child sexual abuse and cybercrime.
The force currently records 163 crimes per day on average, with levels of violent crime increasing by 45% in the last 12 months.
Mr Coppinger said: “I have campaigned to secure increased funding for policing in Cleveland for years and it is a drum I will continue to beat to get a fair deal for our residents.
“Reports from independent bodies such as the National Audit Office and the Home Affairs Select Committee have stated the case very clearly – if the tide doesn’t turn now, police forces will struggle to deliver a service the public deserves.
“The government must look urgently at their funding formula for policing, which has made Cleveland one of the most disadvantaged police forces in the country and threatens our ability to protect the backbone of community safety, neighbourhood policing.
“I urge anyone with influence, whatever their political persuasion, to join me in the campaign for fairer funding for Cleveland Police.”
Notes to editors
Please find below some useful links:
The PCC’s full letter to Cleveland’s six MPs: Anna Turley, Simon Clarke, Andy McDonald, Dr Paul Williams, Alex Cunningham and Mike Hill.
A visual document created by Cleveland Police’s Corporate Services department, setting out the changing nature and complexity of demand in Cleveland.
Posted on Friday 26th October 2018