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