Since the Government began its Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010, most public sector organisations have seen considerable reductions in their annual budgets, and policing is no exception. Cuts to police funding will always take a toll on the number of police officers and staff available to prevent crime and protect the public.
Humberside Police receives around 75% of its total funding from Central Government, the other 25% comes from the policing precept you pay as part of your annual Council Tax bill. Around 80% of the total budget is spent on staff, so you can see that when Government make the level of cuts we have seen in the last few years, and all other options to save money have been explored, the only thing the police can do to balance the books is to reduce staff.
Your Police and Crime Commissioner sets the level of council tax precept you pay every year, which can recoup a small amount but the Government caps the increase to a maximum of 2%, so his hands are somewhat tied in how much extra money he can raise.
Police Officers cannot be made redundant, so in the last few years, as they have left or retired, the majority have not been replaced. Some Police Support Staff, which includes frontline posts like PCSO's, Investigation Officers and Custody Staff, have been able to take voluntary redundancy, others have left and the majority have not been replaced.
The charts below show the effect the cuts have had on your local police service. Since 2010 Humberside Police has lost 477 Police Officers and 548 Support Staff, that's over a quarter of its workforce. PCSO's, who do vital work in communities, have also seen their numbers reduced by over 25%.
It's quite obvious that with such a reduction in staff numbers, Humberside Police cannot deliver the level of service and protection it used to. Your Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter has made this his top priority, he is looking to release financial reserves to fund extra police officers and PCSO's for all communities across the Force area. He'll also lobby on your behalf to improve future funding arrangements. We'll keep you informed as this work progresses.
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