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PCC welcomes protection of police budget

Sue on Portishead Highstreet

Sue Mountstevens

Today the Chancellor George Osborne announced that the police budget would be protected in his spending review and autumn statement.

In the House of Commons George Osborne said: "The police protect us and we must protect them," reacting to the news Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This was an extraordinary and unexpected announcement but one that I very much welcome.

“Obviously we do not know the exact detail of the Chancellor’s announcement just yet however today’s news will have a significant impact on the savings we have to find in Avon and Somerset. Clearly, money will need to be found to fund on-going national security and counter terrorism work and this may have an impact on local police budgets - we shall have to wait and see.

“I am clear that I will still be prioritising greater collaboration with neighbouring police forces in order to fund the significantly increased complex and time-consuming crime on our most vulnerable in society such as child protection, safeguarding, domestic abuse and cyber-crime.

“As the area’s elected Police and Crime Commissioner I will make sure that the police service continues to respond to local people’s needs, protects as many frontline officers as possible and that communities continue to experience low-levels of crime and high levels of safety, confidence and satisfaction with their police service.”

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015
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