TV: BBC Breakfast on Police efficiency and the need for extra resources

TV: BBC Breakfast on Police efficiency and the need for extra resources

Early start this morning as I was at New Broadcasting House in London to talk to the BBC about the latest reports by the inspectorate of Policing on efficiency.

Well done to Kent Police Officers and Staff on another round of Good and Outstanding judgements on efficiency. Maintaining these statuses in the current climate is not easy and I recognise the efforts that officers and staff at Kent Police have put in to deliver these results.

The Chief Constable’s new policing model, alongside the increase in Police Officer numbers, and the protection of PCSO posts, will help to improve the service that residents receive, support victims of crime and tackle the problems that our communities face.

These reports are useful for me as a PCC in order to hold the police to account. This includes on issues such as 101, which has been acknowledged as a challenge, but I have been assured that there is a plan in place to turn this around locally.

The recognition nationally in this inspection that police forces, on the whole, are continuing to manage their resources well, despite the changing demand, is to be welcomed.

The report, which highlights that policing is becoming increasingly complex and is under significant stress, resonates with what we have been saying to Government in recent weeks.

Whilst PCCs are focused on continued reform and ensuring that we spend all our money with absolute efficiency, we are now firmly of the view that real terms protection is needed to deliver the service the public expect going forward. The current settlement for policing, especially the flat cash arrangement, no longer ensures the resilience of police forces to respond to further increases in demand.

Specific investment is needed now in order to ensure the service is able to meet the challenges we face.

At the Budget on 22 November, I hope the Chancellor will heed the call of PCCs and Chief Constables.

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