With recent heightened interest in policing and budgets, I am outlining what I have maintained and protected in the Hampshire Constabulary Policing area despite tight budgets.
My focus remains on delivering my promise to keep people SAFER, individuals, their families and their communities.
I want to reassure residents of the Hampshire Constabulary Policing area that I am doing everything within my power to support victims, protect the vulnerable, and empower operationally effective policing.
I continue to invest 98.3% of my total budget in policing, but am fiercely protective of the value of the relatively small amount supporting interventions beyond policing for the benefit of communities and individuals – as well as the reduction that they make to demand on policing.
Despite tight budgets, I have:
My area continues to be underfunded by the National Funding Formula (2/3 of the funding available).
But the welcome option of a £12 increase to the local precept has protected policing services from additional cuts that would otherwise have been necessary to stay within budget. This increase has also allowed a balanced budget to be set for next year 2019/20 to mitigate a shortfall that would otherwise have applied.
This creates a sustainable policing environment to allow further efficiencies to be made and, importantly, other changes to deliver enhanced operational effectiveness. This ‘Enabling of Effective Operational Policing’ is a key priority in my Plan and the Constabulary’s performance, as one of only 12 forces that are rated GOOD across each of the PEEL areas for inspection, demonstrates that the Chief Constable and her Team are appropriately supported within the budget constraints that apply.