chiefs call on local MPs to support more investment in policing
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and
Chief Constable Andy Marsh will continue talks with local politicians
and ministers over the 'critical' funding situation facing the police
month Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh wrote to the
Prime Minister, Home Secretary and the Policing and Fire Minister
explaining that policing was being "pushed to the limits."
Tuesday, the PCC and the Chief Constable met with Policing and Fire
Minister Nick Hurd MP at the National Police Chiefs Council
(NPCC) and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)
summit in London.
said: "We had honest and robust conversation with the Minister
and I am reassured that hes listening to our concerns."
August the PCC and the Chief Constable plan to meet the area's MPs,
including Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey.
meetings follow an announcement by the Office for National Statistics
that crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales, the largest
annual rise for a decade.
Mountstevens says that policing is now at a pivotal point, adding:
"The circumstances now facing the country and the police service
is critical and the time to act is now," she said.
PCC and the Chief Constable are calling for greater government funding
to invest in neighbourhood policing, armed policing and capital
investment for technology.
added: "Clearly any further reductions in police funding will
increase the risk for all our communities and the nation. The long
term safety of Avon and Somerset and the country will only be protected
by a coordinated effort across policing which includes capital and
police service not only needs frontline and specialist capability
investment but also investment in technology and support functions.
I will be making the argument for investment in our police service
loud and clear to central government. I hope that all our local
MPs join me in this important debate."
and Somerset Police and Crime Panel also wrote to the Home Secretary
on July 17th, calling for the Government to provide investment in
Avon and Somerset Police.
September, the PCC and Chief will submit an evidential case for
increasing the government grant in Avon and Somerset to the Policing
Minister Nick Hurd MP. There will also be national submissions from
NPCC and the APCC all arguing for growth in the police budget.