Association President Gavin Thomas has responded to the Government’s announcement of the police funding settlement for 2018-19.
He has raised concerns about the consistency of policing services that the public will receive and the continued pressure on officers and staff in a backdrop of fewer resources, increasing demand, and changing crime.
“I am pleased that both the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister have recognised the exceptional people that make up our policing service and have committed to supporting them by investing in technology and skills.
“The Policing Minister has been visiting forces across the country and hearing directly from officers about the changes policing is going through and the increase in demand they are facing with fewer resources.
“I have previously spoken about the service being at a tipping point and facing a perfect storm of fewer officers, less resources, and changing and increasing crime.
“I remain concerned that policing is going to have to continue relying on fewer people, working longer and harder, to deal with the demands it is facing. This is just unsustainable.
“The public deserves a consistent, reliable policing service and whilst local precept contributions will be very welcome they will vary across the country and have a different effect in different forces.
“I am extremely concerned about this increasing variation in the service forces can give to the public. It cannot be right that these may differ greatly depending on where you live: the varied erosion of neighbourhood policing, the bedrock of our policing model, in different forces is just one example of this.”
The full announcement from the Home Office is available here.