Magazine article Public Finance

Surrey Police Plan to Relocate Officers to Public Buildings

Magazine article Public Finance

Surrey Police Plan to Relocate Officers to Public Buildings

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Surrey Police Authority will discuss plans to close police stations and relocate officers to council buildings such as libraries to save money.

The authority faces financial difficulties after its precept was capped for the second year running in March.

It will discuss the radical locationsharing proposals, made by Surrey chief constable Mark Rowley, at its December 10 meeting. This is part of its wider plans to save money while putting 200 more frontline officers on the streets.

The plan would allow the force to replace 'some old and expensive police buildings', saving millions of pounds, the force claimed. Surrey police have piloted the use of council buildings in Woking and Addlestone.

The move came as Home Secretary Alan Johnson outlined government proposals aimed at saving £545m a year from police budgets nationally by 2014 in a December 2 white paper. Ministers aim to make savings of at least £100m from 2010/11.

Surrey police authority chair Peter Williams told Public Finance: 'Today Surrey receives one of the lowest levels of central funding for policing in the country, and we have seen this decrease from £96 per head of population in 1996 to £93 per head today. …

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