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Where Are All The Police? – An Analysis of Police Resources


fewer officers working in community roles in 2008/09 than in 2005/06. However, this is not a uniform pattern across the country; of the 41 forces that supplied data, 15 have actually increased the number of officers working in the community, (two have remained broadly stable, whilst 24 have reduced this number).


Figure 13 Changes in officers by function 2005/06 to 2008/09


Forces now need to consider the balance they strike between making resources available to the general public and responding to individual risks and priorities.


Some police forces and authorities are the subject of good practice case studies in the joint report, including: Derbyshire; Cumbria; Surrey; Gwent; Surrey; Gloucestershire; Norfolk; Essex; Kent; Hertfordshire; West Yorkshire; the Metropolitan Police Service.


• In summary, the joint HMIC / Audit Commission report says: o Police will have to cope with less money o Public expectations of policing quality will not reduce o Savings decisions should depend on threat, harm and risk o To make big savings, forces need to choose transformational approaches o Police authorities and forces need to overcome barriers to change o Forces need to build on better procurement o Back office savings are possible o Better collaboration between forces can save money o Up to £1 billion could be saved


• In summary the HMIC report says:


o Through a time of increased budgets, the police have been successful in achieving the measures set for them reducing crime and improving public confidence. o Fewer than 11% of police are visibly available to help the public. o A re-design of policing is required to deal with budget cuts.


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