We must cut crime before our police budgets are even considered to be increased Amber Rudd believes.
The Home Secretary lashed out at those police forces across the country who have dared ask for help to support to further protect the public, keep them safe and help support reduce crime while helping them through the tough times, increased policing demand and a massive decrease in officer numbers.
The Home Secretary told the Police Leaders that they should focus their time on cutting crime instead of lobbying the Government for more money.
Funding for policing needs to be based on “evidence, not assertion”. Calling on Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to tell residents how they can make them safer rather than focusing on writing press releases asking for extra funding to support cash-strapped forces.
Rudd declared that despite concerns for police resources following recent terror attacks police leaders should not be asking for cash, instead, they should focus on reducing crime.
Ms Rudd told PCCs and Cheif Constables that she would listen to their concerns but they would be critically evaluated and proclaimed that the public did not want to hear about how little funding forces had or any disagreements over how the cash is provided to police forces.
She said “It mustn’t just be about lobbying the Government for money. It needs to be about cutting crime, delivering on the priorities you were elected on and being held to account by local people in your area when you don’t.
“So when crime stats go up, I don’t just want to see you reaching for a pen to write a press release asking for more money from the Government.
“I want you to tell your local communities and the victims in your area what your plan is to make them safer.”
Ms Rudd acknowledged that an increase in complex investigatory work and an unprecedented wave of terror attacks had put pressure on forces.
But firmly believes rather than asking for money to help with stretched budgets senior cops should only worry about focusing on reducing crime and not the extra cash needed to reduce crime to increase the number of our officers on the front line.
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