Report reveals force’s commitment to the frontline

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A report that compares Cambridgeshire Constabulary with other similar forces has revealed how the force is protecting the frontline despite budget cuts.

The HMIC “Summary Value for Money Profile 2013” report compares Cambridgeshire with similar forces on a range of policing activities.

It shows that in 2013/14 the force is estimated to spend nearly 10 per cent more of its available budget than its peers on the “visible frontline”, which equates to £3.9 million extra.

This is despite the force receiving below the average of its peers in funding from government, £2.3 million, and almost 10 per cent below the average from local funding, £4.4 million.

The figures also show that overall the force’s net revenue expenditure was just below the average of similar forces, equating to £5 million less spent.

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “These figures show that we are a lean force that is providing good value for money despite the fact that we have gone through a significant period of change and are facing unprecedented budget cuts. We are continuing to spend as little as we have to on managing the business, and as much as we can on actually delivering policing in our communities.

“The report is also particularly satisfying in the context that crime continues to fall.

“My priority has always been to manage budget cuts, while maintaining the frontline and ensuring Cambridgeshire remains a hostile place for criminals.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: “This report shows that in Cambridgeshire we are very good at doing exactly what we have promised - focusing on the efficient and effective delivery of frontline services to our communities.

“When I took up post I stressed that I wanted the police to run like an efficient business and it’s reassuring to have it confirmed that is what is happening.

“This is a credit to the Chief Constable, his officers and staff, who continue to react with innovation and professionalism to the significant funding challenges we face.”

The forces compared with Cambridgeshire in the report were: Devon and Cornwall, Staffordshire, Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Thames Valley and Warwickshire.

The full report is due to be released on HMIC website today (Thursday).