January 28th, 2010

When less is more

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So, official figures reveal that 60% of the country’s 43 police forces have cut the number of police officers during 2009. 26 forces saw figures falling in the six months up to September last year.

The decrease in police officers is set to continue for many forces as budget cuts for 2010/2011 start to hit. The only saving factor for the government – in the spin stakes – is that they are still able to say that overall police numbers are increasing; there were some 560 additional numbers last year above the previous year (nearly 145,000 overall), but this is mainly due to the Met taking an additional 700 officers, most other forces are reducing numbers.

Prior to the release of the figures the Government have been happy to say how important it was & how well they were doing to increase numbers, you’d have thought that decreasing numbers would have an equal & opposite effect. Not So. In a master-stroke of spin the Home Secretary has said that ‘it is not all about numbers.’

“Police officer numbers remain historically high and they are doing a great job – crime is down and public confidence is up. But it is not all about numbers, the force must carry on tackling crimes that matter most to the public and that is why the Government has guaranteed funding to maintain front line strength until 2013.”

So that’s alright then.

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4 comments

  1. Brother Random says:

    and that is why the Government has guaranteed funding to maintain front line strength until 2013

    Is this the same frontline strength that puts 2 police on a shift to cover 50,000 people? The same frontline strength that doesn’t make a minimum figure from 20 years ago?

    Please tell me I’m wrong and that gaurnantee for the next 3 years is a good thing and not the statement “To hell with you peasant, there’s enough police to keep us and our famlilies safe. Shut up whining”

    January 29th, 2010 at 07:45

  2. Paul says:

    I believe my force is planning to recruit throughout this year.

    January 29th, 2010 at 12:00

  3. Tony F says:

    “Police officer numbers remain historically high and they are doing a great job – crime is down and public confidence is up. But it is not all about numbers, the force must carry on tackling crimes that matter most to the public and that is why the Government has guaranteed funding to maintain front line strength until 2013.”

    Um, ticky boxes results should reach all their targets then?

    January 29th, 2010 at 20:15

  4. Willing and Eager says:

    I’m still waiting on a start date from my chosen Constabulary. I’ve been told I’m under consideration for a March start, but they’ve been mysteriously quiet lately. Although, they’ve been fairly uncommunicative about the whole process since in began in November. 2008.
    Here’s hoping I get a chance to balance the departures this year, and that I don’t get immediately sacked if the Conservatives get into power.

    February 1st, 2010 at 15:34

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