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HMIC says Avon and Somerset Police makes good progress in tackling financial challenge

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In a report published today, HMIC praises Avon and Somerset Constabulary for the good progress we have made in saving over half the total we need to meet the public sector cuts, whilst still improving performance. 

Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is reassuring news for our communities. Despite the cuts the police are maintaining the front-line, with the proportion of crime fighting roles rising to 96%, which is an impressive effort by the Constabulary.

“It shows that we have taken a measured and long-term approach in balancing the budget. While considering the needs of residents and continuing to fight crime, with recorded crime falling 17% greater than the national average.

“HMIC’s report reinforces that residents continue to miss out on central government money for policing. We are continually being penalised, receiving less money against our need and are one of the worst affected areas in the country. People should feel rightly aggrieved and this is something I will continue to lobby Ministers on.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “Finding savings of £47.6 million over the four years of the spending review has been no mean task, especially when you consider we’re already starting with a proportionately lower central government grant than many other forces.  Despite this disadvantage our track record speaks for itself.  Crime is down, victim satisfaction remains higher than most other forces, and the proportion of crime fighting frontline officers is increasing.”

“We have a clear ambition to deliver excellent local policing that helps people when they need us and protects our communities from crime and criminals. That means we have to be resourceful and innovative in finding new ways of working, and new structures so we can reduce costs and continue to do all we can to make sure that our communities can be safe.”

Read the report on Avon and Somerset.

Read the full report

Posted on Thursday 18th July 2013
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