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  1. Confusion over why money has not been spent after three years. One million pounds of government roads policing funding has been gathering dust for three years. Concerns were raised about what had happened to the money, approved in 2015, at a roads policing conference in January as “equipment only gets more expensive”. Delegates were later told the cash had been transferred to Surrey Police. A department for transport spokesman told Police Oracle there had been no delays in handing over the funding to the police and it had been transferred from Sussex to West Mercia Police. The money was intended to fund forensic roads policing equipment. A National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) spokeswoman confirmed there had been no government delay. After repeated Police Oracle requests for clarification to West Mercia, Surrey and Sussex Police a West Mercia spokesman confirmed the cash was still with Sussex Police but could not explain the three-year delay. A comment from Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans of West Mercia Police last week stated he “updated on the circa £1 million” when he stepped up as NPCC lead for forensic collision investigation in July 2017. "A significant amount of work had taken place to try and secure a national procurement for laser scanners with this money for those forces that required them but unfortunately as is the case in many areas currently this has proved unfeasible due to forces using different systems, some of which still have a number of years to go on their existing contract, differing processes carried being out within different teams etc,” he said. "As a result a national procurement was not possible. “I have therefore recently conducted an audit across all forces to identify those in most need of Laser scanners and my intention is to provide them individually with the funding required from the DFT money to be able to purchase the equipment that they require themselves. “The money has not been transferred but remains with Sussex Police pending the purchase of equipment.” But when Police Oracle asked his office to clarify whether any work had been carried out on the national procurement before July 2017, we were told he did not wish to comment further. Neither would he explain what kind of lasers he was referring to, whether he was replacing old equipment or commissioning new scanners and when it became clear national procurement would not be possible. Police Oracle lodged a second request to speak directly with ACC Evans last week and was told he would not be in the office until Friday. On Friday - three weeks after our first request - a West Mercia Police spokesman said ACC Evans would not be available until next week. View on Police Oracle
  2. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/4969204/theresa-may-slashes-413million-from-police-budget-after-vowing-to-protect-cops/ I have been staggered to read this and the budget overall. So not only is there no increase or mention of police within the budget it turns out another half a billion has been sneakily cut. This government is a disgrace and as I have said before this is ideological rather than necessary. I think we need to dig out the bonesaw now, we’ve well and truly started cutting in to the bone. This isn’t intended to be a brexit debate all over again but I find it so frustrating that 3 billion can be found to be set aside for Brexit over the next 2 years, something which is completely unnecessary in the first place and going to actually cause us more misery. Not to mention the actual settlement bill which will run in to billions. Its just so frustrating. Where is all the extra funding specifically for Mental Health services? Particularly with the changes to 136, where is the extra money desperately needed for social care? This government is a collection of jesters and fools.
  3. After sustained period of cuts, the APCC fears funding shortfall may lead to rise in crime, hurting police and state legitimacy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/29/england-and-wales-police-in-need-of-13bn-to-tackle-and-terrorism?CMP=twt_gu
  4. Image copyrightAFP Image captionMillions of travellers could be affected by the crisis The Brazilian authorities have suspended the issuing of new passports because of a budget crisis. The Federal Police, which usually issue passports within six working days, said it would not accept any new applications made after Tuesday. One of Brazil's prosecutors blamed President Michel Temer's budget cuts. Brazil is suffering its worst recession in decades. The government said emergency funds for passports would be debated this week. In a statement late on Tuesday, the federal police said the decision to stop issuing new passports "stems from a dearth of funds earmarked to the activities of migratory control and the issuance of travel documents". Passport application charges range from 260 reais ($79; £61) for a 10-year passport to 350 reais ($106; £83) for express processing. One of Brazil's top prosecutors, Carlos Lima, accused the government of trying to stifle the police by cutting their funding. Federal police are investigating the involvement of the country's business and political elite in a corruption scheme centred on the state oil company, Petrobras. "Who wins with this? The investigative team has been reduced," Mr Lima said. The announcement comes as President Temer's government tries to rein in spending as part of an effort to address a deep fiscal deficit. Brazil's budget ministry has proposed extra funds to help ease the strain on passport issuance and has urged the Congress, who have to approve the measure, to vote as early as next week. Brazil is currently approaching the winter holiday season - a peak travel period. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-40438147
  5. Some good news for us. There seems to be a lot of talk about scrapping PCC's and reducing the number of police forces across the UK.
  6. May battles it out with Osborne over police funds: Home Secretary under pressure to stand up to the Chancellor over proposed budget cuts By Daniel Martin Chief Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail 02:01 18 Nov 2015, updated 09:24 18 Nov 2015 Theresa May is holding firm against frontline policing cuts amid pressure Treasury has asked her department to create plans for cuts of up to 40% Chancellor will meet with Home Secretary today to thrash out the details May is under pressure to win better deal for police after the Paris attacks Theresa May is holding firm against cuts to frontline policing as she comes under pressure to stand up to George Osborne. The Treasury asked the Home Office, like most government departments, to draw up plans for spending cuts of up to 40 per cent for next week’s review. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3323111/May-battles-Osborne-police-funds-Home-Secretary-pressure-stand-Chancellor-proposed-budget-cuts.html
  7. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/09/17/west-mercia-police-chief-we-have-very-little-left-to-cut/
  8. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/21/metropolitan-police-burglaries-labour-budget-cuts-conservatives The Metropolitan police solved six out of every 100 burglaries last year, nearly half the rate their officers cleared up five years ago. Britain’s biggest police force said it solved 12% of burglaries in 2010-11. Labour said the sharp fall in the clear-up rate since then was due to budget cuts imposed by the Conservatives, but the Met said the way it counted the figures had changed.
  9. Quite a powerful video by the police federation.
  10. This is no meant as a PCSO bash, the majority of the ones I work with do a great job, and are well respected by local communities. However with the massive budget cuts we are now facing, are they a luxury we can no longer afford? Lets be frank, if overnight they disappeared the sky wouldn't fall in. It seems crazy that warranted officer numbers are being reduced yet PCSO's with limited powers are still being paid for.
  11. Maeve Journo

    Have the budget cuts affected you?

    I am a journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and I am doing some research into how budget cuts are affecting the day to day working of the justice system. I've spoken to a few recently-retired police officers who have shared their stories of police forces battling to keep up their good work in the face of crippling cuts to overtime, staff and equipment. But I would really like to hear your views. The news is full of figures and statistics but I am not sure people understand just how the cuts are making policing more difficult. If you would like to share your experiences on this forum then please do (as broad or as specific as you like), or if you'd rather email my address is maevemcclenaghan@tbij.com I can keep things anonymous if people do not want to talk 'on the record', at this stage I am just trying to get a truthful picture of how the cuts have impacted the police.

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