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PCC response to promises from the Prime Minister for additional police officers

PCC Barry Coppinger –

 “This is a clear recognition by the Prime Minister that the slash and burn policy of recent years with regard to police numbers was a major mistake which has had a devastating impact on law and order across the country.

“This announcement marks a significant success for everyone who has backed my long running campaign for fairer funding and the reversal of cuts to police numbers and I am pleased that the Government has now finally seen sense. I will look forward to understanding in detail how decisions will be made to confirm the actual number of additional officers Cleveland will receive and will be using the 500 that has been lost as an important benchmark.

“We must now hold the Prime Minister to account and in particular the commitment that this will be funded from central taxation rather than local precept, which so unfairly discriminates against the forces and taxpayers of areas such as Cleveland which face the toughest policing challenges.

“With such overwhelming evidence to show the impact these cuts have had on our streets, I have been anticipating such a U-turn in policy and have already asked the Chief Constable to confirm how additional officers can be utilised to best effect, supporting the improvements Cleveland Police need to make for victims and the public of Cleveland, and also how swiftly he can recruit, train and deploy new police officers and members of the special constabulary.

“The Chief Constable will decide how to deploy police officers in order to make best use and meet the needs of the community including victims of crime and ASB. The priorities included within my Police and Crime Plan and the recent Strategic Direction I have issued are clear in the importance of a visible police presence within local communities, protecting the vulnerable and a strengthening where possible neighbourhood policing.  I look forward to understanding how resources will be deployed and by when, holding to account in making sure the service provided by Cleveland Police improves.

“It is regrettable that both the previous Home Secretary and Prime Minister did not take up my long standing invitation to visit Cleveland to see first hand the excellent and innovative work of our officers. I shall be extending that invitation to the new Government and hope they will take up the offer.”

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Graham -

 “We are already recruiting around 120 police officers this financial year to support our vision to deliver outstanding policing for our communities by relentlessly focusing on prevention, solving problems and tackling criminals. The Government’s announcement of additional officers on top of this is great news and very welcome. As a Force we know policing success isn’t just about numbers, it’s much more complicated, and we are working hard to ensure that our officers are supported by appropriate working practices, planning and leadership.”

 

Posted on Friday 26th July 2019
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