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Tipping point concerns seemingly ignored

Concerns over policing have apparently been ignored by the Government in today’s Autumn Budget, according to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond made no announcement regarding policing.

In September, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh issued ‘The Tipping Point’ report which highlighted the threats, risks and consequences facing Avon and Somerset with diminished resources.

Demands on Avon and Somerset Police have increased, including the threat from extremism and organised crime and the number of complicated and sensitive crimes such as sexual exploitation, violence against people, domestic abuse, rape and hate crime had risen from 20,000 to 40,000 in the past seven years.

Reacting to the autumn Budget, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am disappointed that the Government has ignored the concerns of PCC’s and Chief’s across the country, we’ve all said that the current position is not sustainable and risks the safety of local people.

“With pay rises promised by the Government and costs rising by £8 million a year, our Government grant does not cover the real cost of policing.

“The Chief Constable and I were clear with the Home Office and the Police and Fire Minister, when we presented our evidence to say that policing and the safety of our communities was at a crucial ‘tipping point.’ To continue with the real-terms cuts the Government is risking the safety of those who live, work and visit Avon and Somerset.

“We will have to wait until December to understand the picture more clearly. However if it is as I fear, I will be having a conversation with local people about what the police continue to do and what they prioritise. We are working with finite resources and my over-riding priority as your elected Police and Crime Commissioner is your safety.”

Posted on Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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