Police making progress to cut costs, say inspectors

Region's forces are continuing to provide a good service despite having to cut costs, inspectors say

Region's forces are continuing to provide a good service despite having to cut costs, inspectors say

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POLICE forces in the region are continuing to provide a good service despite having to cut costs, inspectors say.

Cleveland Police is making excellent progress while Durham and North Yorkshire are making good progress to make savings while protecting the number of front-line roles, according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

In its annual report, HMIC said Cleveland Police had seen one of the biggest reductions in police officer numbers in the country and was on track to achieve its required savings of £31m.

However, inspectors found it had still managed to reduce crime since 2010, although at a lower rate than other forces.

Roger Baker, HM Inspector of Constabulary for the northern region, said: “Cleveland Police has made excellent progress in getting itself into a secure financial position.

"It is working hard to reduce costs and to deliver a value-for-money service to its local communities.

"Cleveland is making good use of partnerships and collaboration to ensure that savings are being made without damaging the service to the public.

"Cleveland Police is well placed to face the future financial challenges.”

Durham Constabulary was also found to be well placed to manage further austerity in the future, Inspectors said, adding that the force had delivered savings ahead of schedule and was well placed to face future challenges.

The report added that the force had increased the proportion of officers working on the front-line and had provided a good quality service to communities by delivering high levels of crime detection and victim satisfaction.

North Yorkshire Police was on target to achieve its required savings of £16m between 2010 and 2015, the report concluded.

Inspectors said the force had worked hard to retain police officer numbers with only a 6 per cent reduction in the number of police officers and had successfully increased the proportion of officers in front-line roles.

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5:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

This is because Cleveland is sacking officers from everything, from suffering mental illness, to stepping on the cracks in the pavemeant,
Cheer is the worst thing since Thatcher to happan to this force.
This is because Cleveland is sacking officers from everything, from suffering mental illness, to stepping on the cracks in the pavemeant, Cheer is the worst thing since Thatcher to happan to this force. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

5:10pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Daza says...

If they are making 'good progress' in cutting costs, and Cheer embraces this.....I put it to her they must have been vastly overfunded prior to the Tory Govt. So who has wasted taxpayers money in the past?
If they are making 'good progress' in cutting costs, and Cheer embraces this.....I put it to her they must have been vastly overfunded prior to the Tory Govt. So who has wasted taxpayers money in the past? Daza
  • Score: -5

5:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

stevegg says...

The usual spin telling you everything is rosey when its the opposite in reality, ask any police officer you might know. Several Durham officers I know tell me that they are massively underesourced, overstretched and morale is at rock bottom, the so called fabled 'front line' is in fact virtually non existent with as few as 6 officers covering the whole of Darlington Borough on a shift and as few as 50 in the whole force area. 300 police officers have been cut from Durham police over the last 4 years and they are down to less than 1200 officers now in total, by 2016 Durham police plan to have circa 1000 officers in total (down from 1700 in 2006). The senior management (who have escaped the vast majority of cuts so far) are only interested in saving money from the lower ranks at the expense of all else, A significant number (circa 50) have volunteered for redundancy in the last few weeks which is going to have a further impact. Unlike the council the police heirachy refuse to cut services safegaurding their own cushy positions behind desks whilst those left at the 'front line' are being told to do more and more. Dont believe all you are told, its a good time to be a criminal and a bad time to be a victim! You only get one thing from less and thats less!!!
The usual spin telling you everything is rosey when its the opposite in reality, ask any police officer you might know. Several Durham officers I know tell me that they are massively underesourced, overstretched and morale is at rock bottom, the so called fabled 'front line' is in fact virtually non existent with as few as 6 officers covering the whole of Darlington Borough on a shift and as few as 50 in the whole force area. 300 police officers have been cut from Durham police over the last 4 years and they are down to less than 1200 officers now in total, by 2016 Durham police plan to have circa 1000 officers in total (down from 1700 in 2006). The senior management (who have escaped the vast majority of cuts so far) are only interested in saving money from the lower ranks at the expense of all else, A significant number (circa 50) have volunteered for redundancy in the last few weeks which is going to have a further impact. Unlike the council the police heirachy refuse to cut services safegaurding their own cushy positions behind desks whilst those left at the 'front line' are being told to do more and more. Dont believe all you are told, its a good time to be a criminal and a bad time to be a victim! You only get one thing from less and thats less!!! stevegg
  • Score: 8

10:09am Tue 22 Jul 14

David Lacey says...

Every business in the land spends every day trying to do more with less. The fact that so many succeed is a testament to good management and the better use of resources.
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Sadly public services fail to recognise that they have a duty to behave in the same way.
Every business in the land spends every day trying to do more with less. The fact that so many succeed is a testament to good management and the better use of resources. . Sadly public services fail to recognise that they have a duty to behave in the same way. David Lacey
  • Score: -2

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