Lancashire police force gives value for money, according to report

The number of police officers in Lancashire will fall due to budget cuts

The number of police officers in Lancashire will fall due to budget cuts

First published in East Lancashire

A REVIEW of the county’s policing has concluded that despite £54m of cuts and the loss of more than 600 officers, the force gives ‘outstanding’ value for money.

A report — Responding To Austerity, issued today, details Lancashire Constabulary’s response to swingeing 20 per cent cuts ordered by Government.

Lancashire police were rated ‘outstanding’ in the categories of financial planning and delivering an affordable police service, and ‘good’ in efficiency – with an overall ‘outstanding’ judgement.

However, leading officers and the county’s crime commissioner responded by stating that £20m of future cuts would be ‘painful’ and that the public ‘will start to feel the difference’ affecting frontline policing.

The Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) report provides a detailed analysis of the effect on policing in Lancashire of the cuts in budget.

The force has identified savings of around £80m by 2017/18 to meet the government’s austerity measures.

The number of police officers in Lancashire will reduce from 3,649 in 2010 to 3,023 by the end of March, 2015. This is a 17 per cent reduction, proportionately far greater than the 11 per cent reduction in England and Wales as a whole.

The number of Police and Community Support Officers will also decline 22 per cent and civilian staff will be reduced by 238, a 12 per cent drop.

Each police officer in the county costs £108 per head of population per year, below the national average of £118.

Recorded crime in the same period has reduced by six per cent, below the 14 per cent national reduction and victim satisfaction in the county is 84 per cent favourable.

However, in the last 12 months, recorded crime rose by three per cent compared with a reduction of one per cent across England and Wales.Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “I am extremely pleased that HMIC has recognised that the Constabulary has responded well to the financial challenge it faces and that we are on track to make the necessary savings by 2015/2016.

“However, whilst we have succeeded in minimising the impact on frontline services so far, the remaining £20m is going to be more painful.

“There is no doubt that the public will start to feel a difference in how we police and that was always going to be inevitable, losing more than 600 police officers.

“While policing will need to change in the future, our determination to deliver high quality services to keep the public safe remains at the forefront of any change.”

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, said: “The HMIC has recognised that the Constabulary’s commitment, professionalism and strong leadership have enabled the force to reach a robust financial position.

“Consistently, my priorities have been to protect frontline policing and to protect vulnerable people.

“Of the £60m of savings, so far three quarters have come from back office and support services. This has enabled us to protect, as far as possible, front line policing such as neighbourhood policing and response policing.

“However, I said earlier this year that it would be incredibly difficult for the Constabulary to find savings beyond the initial financial ask.

“There is no doubt that the next £20 million is going to be hard to achieve without it impacting on the frontline.”

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1:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

foxy lass says...

Clearly the police are doing the best they can under the circumstances. A reduction of 600+ officers is awful news. There has not been a council tax reduction to reflect this. We are paying more, and receiving less! Plus the police have to find £20m more savings. From where? This government should be ashamed. Especially when they made the pledge that the cuts would not affect front line officers numbers.
Clearly the police are doing the best they can under the circumstances. A reduction of 600+ officers is awful news. There has not been a council tax reduction to reflect this. We are paying more, and receiving less! Plus the police have to find £20m more savings. From where? This government should be ashamed. Especially when they made the pledge that the cuts would not affect front line officers numbers. foxy lass
  • Score: 12

2:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

The government are very much of the opinion that because Lancashire police have saved so much money and continued to provide a good performance that they can still survive off even less.
Wrong.
There has to be a breaking point. It's almost like squeezing the toothpaste tube for the last dregs but nothing comes out.
The reality is that front line policing is already being hit hard. The Ribble and Rossendale Valley's are regularly left with one or two cops to cover what are massive areas during certain hours of the night.The reason being that there simply are no more left. That is from a very close source.
Front line policing is extremely fragile at the minute, Lancashire is no different and it's not going to take much to break it.
The government are very much of the opinion that because Lancashire police have saved so much money and continued to provide a good performance that they can still survive off even less. Wrong. There has to be a breaking point. It's almost like squeezing the toothpaste tube for the last dregs but nothing comes out. The reality is that front line policing is already being hit hard. The Ribble and Rossendale Valley's are regularly left with one or two cops to cover what are massive areas during certain hours of the night.The reason being that there simply are no more left. That is from a very close source. Front line policing is extremely fragile at the minute, Lancashire is no different and it's not going to take much to break it. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 6

4:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Was Hingma Chine says...

The officers shown shown appear to be rather short when compared with the known height of doorways. This might be my faulty perception, but also points to a handy principle - pay officers in direct relationship to their height. Big coppers are better.
The officers shown shown appear to be rather short when compared with the known height of doorways. This might be my faulty perception, but also points to a handy principle - pay officers in direct relationship to their height. Big coppers are better. Was Hingma Chine
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

In an independent survey, many fish were caught, in Lancashire waters.
From that fact, should we abstract that, the rivers are teeming with fish?
I think not.
...
For as long as the Police choose to record a crime, as they see fit,
we cannot trust them, ever.
Recorded crime is down..
Then I suggest that we cut police numbers to match that figure..
To see the actuality, of incidents attended..
...
999 police calls V's crimes are?
Or is that, too few Police, too many calls?
...
Where many calls, are too lately attend, to catch the perpetrator?
...
One could almost commit a crime in this town,
employing someone outside,
to listen for the sirens, to make good an escape.
More a realistic, than any farcical crime scenario.
...
and if shots, from a blank gun, were fired..
double that response time...
As you'd have time to bicycle away,
with these hobby bobbies!
In an independent survey, many fish were caught, in Lancashire waters. From that fact, should we abstract that, the rivers are teeming with fish? I think not. ... For as long as the Police choose to record a crime, as they see fit, we cannot trust them, ever. Recorded crime is down.. Then I suggest that we cut police numbers to match that figure.. To see the actuality, of incidents attended.. ... 999 police calls V's crimes are? Or is that, too few Police, too many calls? ... Where many calls, are too lately attend, to catch the perpetrator? ... One could almost commit a crime in this town, employing someone outside, to listen for the sirens, to make good an escape. More a realistic, than any farcical crime scenario. ... and if shots, from a blank gun, were fired.. double that response time... As you'd have time to bicycle away, with these hobby bobbies! woolywords
  • Score: -2

8:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ray_carlings_moustache says...

Good value for money? Try and explain that to the guy who has just had a £35,000 burglary and told that there are no officers to attend and he will have to make an appointment. And there are no CSI free to attend , so vital forensic evidence is lost. Great value indeed.
Good value for money? Try and explain that to the guy who has just had a £35,000 burglary and told that there are no officers to attend and he will have to make an appointment. And there are no CSI free to attend , so vital forensic evidence is lost. Great value indeed. ray_carlings_moustache
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Of the £60m of savings, so far three quarters have come from back office and support services.
Not the many layers of, Assistants of Chief Constables, Deputy Chiefs, Chief Superintendents, Superintendents, Inspectors and the plethora of other supernumerary titles, then?
You are cutting staff; while saving, jobs for the boys?
...
It was once asked of J. Edgar Hoover..when did you last make an arrest?
Have you ever?
And you are supposed to be, a policeman?
...
Know this fact..
Julius Caeser made a great leader, because he stood with his troops,
on the front line; facing what they faced.
Not some shiny-back-sided suit, in a far off office,
being Gold, and never being there.
...
Wear a big gold hat,
in the front of the troops.
Stand there,
in front of your troops and those that oppose.
Be a man, shout..
Disperse, or I'll let them, batter you.
For you are, the law.
And by that single act,
you and your officers, may gain respect.
...
And in that, know this..
we have the right to peaceful protest.
Without fear of attack from our fellow man,
no matter how you, 'kettle' us.
...
Each of us has rights.
What rights do they preserve,
for the officers that batter them?
With every stroke they make,
every bone they break,
whom is watching you?
You Tube..
...
Remember the words of John Wilkes Booth..
Sic semper tyrannis,
but I went to a better school,
Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis..
Of the £60m of savings, so far three quarters have come from back office and support services. Not the many layers of, Assistants of Chief Constables, Deputy Chiefs, Chief Superintendents, Superintendents, Inspectors and the plethora of other supernumerary titles, then? You are cutting staff; while saving, jobs for the boys? ... It was once asked of J. Edgar Hoover..when did you last make an arrest? Have you ever? And you are supposed to be, a policeman? ... Know this fact.. Julius Caeser made a great leader, because he stood with his troops, on the front line; facing what they faced. Not some shiny-back-sided suit, in a far off office, being Gold, and never being there. ... Wear a big gold hat, in the front of the troops. Stand there, in front of your troops and those that oppose. Be a man, shout.. Disperse, or I'll let them, batter you. For you are, the law. And by that single act, you and your officers, may gain respect. ... And in that, know this.. we have the right to peaceful protest. Without fear of attack from our fellow man, no matter how you, 'kettle' us. ... Each of us has rights. What rights do they preserve, for the officers that batter them? With every stroke they make, every bone they break, whom is watching you? You Tube.. ... Remember the words of John Wilkes Booth.. Sic semper tyrannis, but I went to a better school, Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis.. woolywords
  • Score: 0

10:00pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

I would have to question the independence of the HMIC on this one. I can't help but think that the Tories are putting pressure on them to say the force is doing an outstanding job despite these massive cuts to garner public support.

Or am I just being cynical....
I would have to question the independence of the HMIC on this one. I can't help but think that the Tories are putting pressure on them to say the force is doing an outstanding job despite these massive cuts to garner public support. Or am I just being cynical.... Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: 2

11:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well , from personal experience , upon which I will not elaborate , our Police are absolutely brilliant and very professional .

Having said that , I am certainly dismayed at the cuts in their numbers .

Stupid question , I know , but why not cut the Town Hall ?

The useless pen-pushers , who spend most of their time in meetings ,
thinking up new ways of claiming expenses and increasing their pensions , while destroying small businesses , with ridiculous demands for business rates .

I have said similar before .
Well , from personal experience , upon which I will not elaborate , our Police are absolutely brilliant and very professional . Having said that , I am certainly dismayed at the cuts in their numbers . Stupid question , I know , but why not cut the Town Hall ? The useless pen-pushers , who spend most of their time in meetings , thinking up new ways of claiming expenses and increasing their pensions , while destroying small businesses , with ridiculous demands for business rates . I have said similar before . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 1

12:18am Wed 23 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

Ah, numbers, percentages. People who understand them are ever in short supply, and it is the quick resort of politicians to such devices which makes us wary.
Ah, numbers, percentages. People who understand them are ever in short supply, and it is the quick resort of politicians to such devices which makes us wary. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 1

7:25am Wed 23 Jul 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Suggestion: Leave Twitter and Facebook alone and you'll be just fine. If someone says something mean, or if chavs get in a spat on social media, it's not your issue. Stop indulging the morons who keep reporting this stuff.

Oh, and have all the diversity and equality co-ordinators gone yet?
Suggestion: Leave Twitter and Facebook alone and you'll be just fine. If someone says something mean, or if chavs get in a spat on social media, it's not your issue. Stop indulging the morons who keep reporting this stuff. Oh, and have all the diversity and equality co-ordinators gone yet? BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 0

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