'pushed to the limit' by budget cuts as chiefs call for more cash
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been "pushed to the limit"
by budget cuts, leading chiefs to call on the Government for more
funding this week.
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens
said it would be an "understatement" to describe it as
a "testing time" for the force, after seven years of cuts
that mean officers have an "unsustainable" workload.
and Chief Constable Andy Marsh have sent a letter to Prime Minister
Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Policing and Fire Minister
Nick Hurd requesting more funding.
cuts have forced Avon and Somerset police to make over £60million
in savings since 2010, and it must still save a further £20million
more by 2022 but PCC Mounstevens believes more investment
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "To say its been testing times
for policing I feel would be a real understatement. Between the
multiple terror attacks across the country to ensuring the continued
safety of the local communities of Avon and Somerset, like other
public services, policing is being pushed to its limit."
Avon and Somerset since 2010, weve had to find £60 million
savings already and weve still yet to find another £20
million savings by 2021/22. While the Chief Constable and I continue
to do all we can to protect frontline policing, we feel strongly
any additional funding for counter terrorism and armed policing
should not come from further reducing budgets for local policing.
We have written to all our local MPs and the Home Secretary to say
that policing needs investment to meet these current threats."
letter requesting extra capital investment and armed response officers
was shared with the Police and Crime Panel at a meeting on Tuesday
The Police and Crime Panel supported the PCC and Chief Constable,
and are also planning to write, to share their concerns about the
current position of policing in Avon and Somerset following the
terror attacks across Manchester and London over the past three
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "The Commissioner and I are
doing all we can to protect the frontline in Avon and Somerset,
obviously seven years of cuts has meant that our workforce has reduced.
I am forced to ask my officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers, who
are already working hard, to do even more; extending their shifts,
adding to their tasks and increasing their workload and this is
not sustainable in the long term."
"Were asking the government to look at the funding available
for counter terrorism, armed and local policing. We need to be strengthening
our neighbourhood policing teams, focusing on prevention and working
closely with our local residents."
"The attacks in London and Manchester have shown the incredible
bravery and the pivotal role our police service plays at the very
frontline of our countrys security."
welcoming further reform and opportunities to collaborate, the letter
highlights the challenging nature of policing more complex
criminality, advances in technology, victim vulnerability, reducing
public services and greater public scrutiny.
can read the letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP here.