Police Federation response to HMIC policing in austerity report

22 July 2014

Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, said:

“The report provides clear evidence that cuts are damaging the police service and officers’ capacity to keep the public safe.

“The Police Federation of England and Wales has been raising issues about cuts to policing for the past four years now and we are pleased that the independent HMIC has acknowledged these issues.

“It is unacceptable that 18 smaller forces are at risk of not being able to provide the same service to the public if these cuts continue.

“Staff and officers know only too well the effect government cuts have had as austerity measures put more pressure on them and changes to their pay, pensions and working conditions affect their health and well-being.

“It is essential that action is taken on the points the report raised, in particular addressing the potential erosion of neighbourhood policing and crime prevention due to reductions to the frontline.

“Police provide an essential service to the community and, as our recent Ipsos MORI survey showed, more than two thirds of the public would feel less safe in their local area if cuts to police budgets continue.

“We need to ensure measures are taken to guarantee we maintain a level of policing that is best for the public and the service into the future.”