Never forget that we have to do more with less, it is the en vogue diktat.
Speak to any Police Officer, Doctor, Nurse etc and they will tell you how they are doing more.
How do we know that they are doing it with less though? Because the government tells us?
The latest Police Strength statistics were released recently, showing that in the 12 months to end of September 2105 the Police Service strength had been reduced by a further 1,893 officers or 1.5%. almost all of that number in the second 6 month period, March to September.
A few lucky Forces managed to bucjk the trend and actually recrtuited a positive number in the second 6 months of the year;
- Cheshire – 21 Officers
- Lancashire – 24 officers
- Northamptonshire – 9 officers
- Warwickshire – 27 officers
- West Mercia – 72 officers
- Bedfordshire – 14 officers
- South Wales – 45 officers
Everybody else lost officers.
The 43 Forces have also lost a total of 1,062 or 1.7% of their Police Staff in that year, 960 or 7.5% of their PCSOs and 722 or 4.3% of the last bastion, the Special Constabulary. ALL DOWN.
The ‘good news’ does not end there though.
I submitted FOI requests to the 43 Forces to enbquire how many Police Stations have been closed between 2010 and 2015, and how many more were earmarked for closure in the next 5 years.
I have received meaningful replies from 39 of the 43 Forces.
Dorset, Durham and West Midlands don’t seem to want to reply and the idiotic Northamptosnhore Force refused, despite the fact that the information was available in the local paper.
In England and Wales, between 2010 and 2015 at least 605 Police Stations have been closed, or at the very least, closed to the public.
A further, minimum, of 125 have been earmarked for closure by 2020.
So, there you are boys and girls, that is how we are doing more with less, much less, and it keeps on going.