Call for end to police cuts as force is 10th hardest-hit in country

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Cleveland Police has faced the 10th highest drop in funding in recent years out of all 43 forces nationwide.

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) shows that funding for Cleveland Police has reduced by 18 per cent since 2010-11.

There should be no further cuts to policing

PCC Barry Coppinger

Police & Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said “Had Cleveland received the same level of overall funding reductions, as the force that has experienced the least reductions, at 12 per cent, instead of the 18 per cent that has been experienced in Cleveland, then I would have around £8m more each year to spend on policing within Cleveland, which is the equivalent of around 160 police officers.

“The report also highlights that, as a percentage of its budget, Cleveland has the sixth lowest level of reserves across the 43 police forces within England and Wales. We continue to seek to ensure that we spend as much as possible in maintaining services and hope that this is taken into account when future levels of government funding are announced.

“In the past five years Cleveland has lost 350 policing posts and has had to make £37m of savings from the budget in 2015/16. There should be no further cuts to policing. I will be writing to the Home Secretary to raise concerns.”

Cleveland Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal added: We are anxiously waiting to understand the scale of further cuts, which could impact as early as the current financial year, policing may face over the next few years.

“It is unrealistic to think that further cuts to our funding could be absorbed without there being a significant impact on the service we provide.”