STATEMENT: Police Funding Settlement
Statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, following yesterday’s (17/12) Home Office announcement on the proposed 2021/22 Police Funding Settlement.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “Yesterday’s announcement from the Home Office means a good settlement for policing in England and Wales, with an increase of £636m from last year. This includes funding to continue the recruitment of an additional 20,000 police officers nationally by March 2023.
“By the end of March 2021, we were due to have recruited an additional 183 police officers for the Thames Valley. However, by the end of September 2020 we had already exceeded this target by 77 officers (a total of 260 officers recruited). Yesterday’s announcement allocates funding for an additional 179 police officers in the Thames Valley. To date, Thames Valley Police has received funding for an additional 362 police officers from the Police Uplift programme. This is a substantial increase, but it will take time to train and deploy these extra officers.
“This is the second phase of the uplift in police officers and we expect to see further increases for Thames Valley as recruitment continues.
“The proposed 2021/22 funding package will provide an increase of £12.6m in direct funding from the Home Office for Thames Valley Police, compared to 2020/21. PCCs have been encouraged to raise an additional £13.5m from local tax payers to support local policing. I hope not to use all of this council Tax precept raising ability as I am aware of how much financial pressure many in the Thames Valley are now feeling.
“The Chief Constable and I will discuss the operational priorities for the additional funding to ensure the money supports front-line policing and the Force’s continued efforts to reduce crime, protect victims and make communities safer across the Thames Valley. The increase in police numbers will make a real and visible difference to local policing on the streets of the Thames Valley.
“It is great to see that the Government have recognised the important work police forces have made this year, including dealing with the pressures of policing a global pandemic.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Details on the proposed Police Funding Settlement (2021/22) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-to-receive-more-than-15-billion-to-fight-crime-and-recruit-more-officers