Statement on Police Settlement Announcement
Statement from Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld
“I am relieved that today’s announcement on police funding is somewhat better than expected. Although we will see a slight drop in police grant of 0.6% this is considerably less than we prepared for and, combined with a small increase in local funding, will provide our force with the necessary resources it needs.
“I, along with other PCCs and Chief Constables nationally, have spent a considerable amount of time raising awareness of the damaging impact cuts on policing will have on our communities, and I am pleased that our senior politicians have listened to these concerns.
“This a challenging time for policing with an increase in demand in areas such as child abuse, historic sexual assault and protecting vulnerable people which is also combined with the emergence of new and changing priorities such as cyber crime, serious organised crime and terrorism.
“Although savings will still need to be made this grant settlement will give us the opportunity to invest in priority areas such as protecting vulnerable people.
“I will be working closely with the Chief Constable and our Chief Finance Officers to look at how we will be allocating our resources over the next few years.”
Statement from Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood
“I am delighted that the settlement received today is significantly better than we have been expecting and that HM Government have acknowledged the need to protect police services.
“We will now need to take some time to look at the settlement received and revise our forecasts.
“The settlement today does include a reduction to the police grant and assumes the Police and Crime Commissioners will increase their precept if we are not to experience a reduction in funds.
“We remain committed to continuing to transform the services we provide, so we are an effective and efficient police service which meets the needs of the public we serve. Recently Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary recognised the Force as outstanding in its financial planning for the short and long term.”
“We will continue to have to make difficult choices about how we allocate our resources according to local priorities and have already taken the decision to invest additional resources into priority areas such as the Child Abuse Investigation Unit.”