West Yorkshire Police action on cuts is approved

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Chief Constable Mark Gilmore Chief Constable Mark Gilmore

West Yorkshire Police is transforming policing and improving performance, an independent watchdog has found.

The force has turned around its fortunes in the four months since it was criticised by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

In July, HMIC identified West Yorkshire as one of five police forces which were struggling with cutbacks. It said the force had not identified sufficient savings and was placing too great a reliance on the use of reserves to balance the budget.

The HM Inspector of Constabulary for the Northern region, Roger Baker, said West Yorkshire had not “grasped the same opportunities to transform and deliver savings as other forces”. He warned that detailed plans had to be rapidly developed and implemented, and strong and effective leadership was essential.

The report led to a review by Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson and Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

Now, following a revisit by HMIC, it has welcomed that the reliance on reserves has dropped significantly from £31 million to £7m and that the organisational and cultural Programme of Change is grasping the opportunities to transform policing and improve performance in West Yorkshire.

Savings of at least £143m are needed by 2017, meaning a reduction of a quarter in the budget since 2010, and the Chief Constable and the PCC are looking at how to save money and work more closely with others to protect frontline policing and provide a better service to people across the county.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “We have been reviewing every part of the police service and, by working smarter, we have made significant savings.

“HMIC had told us that we had not identified sufficient savings to close the funding gap, but we have now achieved that following some rigorous work.

“We have gone from potentially using £31m of reserves in July to balance the books, to just £7m now by looking at where we spend that money and how. This gap has been closed without significantly affecting frontline policing.

“I will continue to work with communities, partners and the Chief Constable to make sure our communities are safer and feel safer.”

Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: “I welcome the HMIC report, which recognises the initial progress that is being made. We still have a significant way to go, but the early signs are encouraging, as we move forward to deliver a world class policing service for the public of West Yorkshire.”

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9:39am Sat 14 Dec 13

yezboss says...

Not worth raising a comment.
Not worth raising a comment. yezboss

1:52pm Sat 14 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

shows what can be done, looks like Cameron was right.
shows what can be done, looks like Cameron was right. alive and awake

8:15pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Brannigan says...

What an absolute load of pure unadulterated balderdash. £143 million taken from the police budget and the Chief Constable, the HMIC and the government collude together to tell the public that everything is great and they are intent on "providing better service to the public".
Just how naive do they think we are. Just ask anyone unlucky enough to want a decent service and you will find the truth.
What an absolute load of pure unadulterated balderdash. £143 million taken from the police budget and the Chief Constable, the HMIC and the government collude together to tell the public that everything is great and they are intent on "providing better service to the public". Just how naive do they think we are. Just ask anyone unlucky enough to want a decent service and you will find the truth. Brannigan

12:26am Sun 15 Dec 13

freespeech says...

Brannigan wrote:
What an absolute load of pure unadulterated balderdash. £143 million taken from the police budget and the Chief Constable, the HMIC and the government collude together to tell the public that everything is great and they are intent on "providing better service to the public".
Just how naive do they think we are. Just ask anyone unlucky enough to want a decent service and you will find the truth.
You read it here first. Time will tell... Who are they going to blame when they are not providing a better service? They are still more cuts to come. Didn't the PaCC say he was looking at losing another £7.5m on top of the cuts already imposed by Home Office / Treasury earlier in the week?
[quote][p][bold]Brannigan[/bold] wrote: What an absolute load of pure unadulterated balderdash. £143 million taken from the police budget and the Chief Constable, the HMIC and the government collude together to tell the public that everything is great and they are intent on "providing better service to the public". Just how naive do they think we are. Just ask anyone unlucky enough to want a decent service and you will find the truth.[/p][/quote]You read it here first. Time will tell... Who are they going to blame when they are not providing a better service? They are still more cuts to come. Didn't the PaCC say he was looking at losing another £7.5m on top of the cuts already imposed by Home Office / Treasury earlier in the week? freespeech

5:36pm Sun 15 Dec 13

999 number of the beast says...

Do we really need a branded West Yorkshire police? When I ring 999 or 101 I expect to be put through to them. I'm no particular bothered if its a bigger force or not.
Why does the area of London with 20 million people and have one force while the rest of the country is covered by 51 forces.
I say merge the whole lot and do away with this regionalism. That alone will save considerable money and produce a leaner police force.
Crooks who cross police borders don't really give a hoot do they?
Do we really need a branded West Yorkshire police? When I ring 999 or 101 I expect to be put through to them. I'm no particular bothered if its a bigger force or not. Why does the area of London with 20 million people and have one force while the rest of the country is covered by 51 forces. I say merge the whole lot and do away with this regionalism. That alone will save considerable money and produce a leaner police force. Crooks who cross police borders don't really give a hoot do they? 999 number of the beast

7:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Not so simple says...

The police have immense resources but why are they so slow to react or act? Crime going up ( depending on how you measure it) yet police funding coming down. We've got a receipe for disaster brewing away.
The police have immense resources but why are they so slow to react or act? Crime going up ( depending on how you measure it) yet police funding coming down. We've got a receipe for disaster brewing away. Not so simple

12:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

999 number of the beast says...

Not so simple wrote:
The police have immense resources but why are they so slow to react or act? Crime going up ( depending on how you measure it) yet police funding coming down. We've got a receipe for disaster brewing away.
The problem is the funding is driven by the latest vote grabber by Whitehall. For example under the previous Labour government it was sex trafficking so WY police like every other force set up measures simply to get the funding. However how many women did they find?
The grooming of children appeared to be given a lower priority
Fast forward now the grooming of children is given more funding and the police still haven't found the thousands of enslaved women.
Policing at best unfortunately is a confidence trick. After all not so many years ago buggery was a criminal offence.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: The police have immense resources but why are they so slow to react or act? Crime going up ( depending on how you measure it) yet police funding coming down. We've got a receipe for disaster brewing away.[/p][/quote]The problem is the funding is driven by the latest vote grabber by Whitehall. For example under the previous Labour government it was sex trafficking so WY police like every other force set up measures simply to get the funding. However how many women did they find? The grooming of children appeared to be given a lower priority Fast forward now the grooming of children is given more funding and the police still haven't found the thousands of enslaved women. Policing at best unfortunately is a confidence trick. After all not so many years ago buggery was a criminal offence. 999 number of the beast

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