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Police Cuts 'Won't Increase Crime'

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Cuts 'Won't Increase Crime'

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Police authorities can make the savings the government wants without crime levels rising, policing minister Nick Herbert has affirmed.

Herbert said that shared services and better use of procurement and information technology could produce a large part of the savings. The police service's revenue funding is being cut by 4% in 2011/12 and 5% in 2012/13.

The Association of Police Authorities has warned these estimated cuts will mean 11,000 fewer police officers and 14,000 fewer support staff over the next four years.

At a January meeting of the Commons home affairs select committee, Herbert said there was 'no simple link' between crime rates and police numbers.

'In Spain and Switzerland, police numbers have risen but so has crime, while in New York numbers fell by 10% but crime fell by 33%.

'We want to drive savings in back and middle offices to protect the front line. …

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