Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge

Summary

In the October 2010 spending review, the Government announced that central funding to the police service in England and Wales would be reduced in real terms by 20% in the four years between March 2011 and March 2015.
HMIC’s Valuing the Police Programme has tracked how forces have planned to make savings to meet this budget reduction, and published findings in July 2011 and June 2012. This report explains, analyses and makes recommendations in relation to what we found as we enter the third year of the spending review period.

Our inspection focused on three questions:

  1. What is the financial challenge, and how are forces responding to it?
  2. What is the impact of the changes that forces are making, both on the workforce, and on the service they provide to the public?
  3. How are forces managing current and future risks?

To answer these questions, HMIC collected data and savings plans from the 43 Home Office-funded forces in England and Wales; surveyed the public, to find out if they had noticed any changes in the service they receive from the police as a result of the cuts; and conducted in-force inspections. We also interviewed the Chief Constable, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and the chief officer leads for finance, change, human resources and performance in each force, and held focus groups with other officers and with police staff.

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Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 1.8MB, new window)

Get the Police and Crime Commissioners’ responses to the national report

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 234KB, new window)

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 1MB, new window)

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 227KB, new window)

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 181KB, new window)

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge

Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 303KB, new window)

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s letter in response to Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge (PDF, 65KB, new window)

Force reports

You can find all the force reports on the Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge page

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Press release for Policing in Austerity: Rising to the Challenge

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