In 1974 my predecessor as West Midlands Chief Constable, Sir Derrick Capper, faced a sustained UK IRA bombing campaign with 6,842 police officers. Forty years later and after a horrific series of attacks in London and Manchester, I face a modern terror threat with 6,600 officers – a number that has already fallen by close to 2,000 and is set to fall further.
Following the release of the Home Office’s latest police procurement data, our finance lead believes that transparent benchmarking of procurement data is an important part of securing value for money for the public.
The Policing Minister has today confirmed the provisional police funding formula 2016/17. NPCC says that the reduction in budget is significantly lower than we’d been expecting but that we remain committed to reform and forces will still have to find savings
The financial situation is better than we expected but that does not negate the need for change. Today we're holding a summit with all chiefs and PCCs hosted by the Home Secretary to discuss how we develop specialist capabilities, like armed policing, cyber units or teams tackling serious organised crime, on a shared basis to save money and improve services to the public
The Public Accounts Committee has put forward "intended to address what must be seen as a significant failure by the Home Office to provide Commissioners and senior officers with the tools they need to run their forces"