Police back ends must be slimmed, says Home Sec
IT shop chop to beat off beat-cop crop
Home Secretary Theresa May has said that police forces need to ensure that they protect frontline staff by making cost savings on IT.
May was responding to concerns raised by Labour MP Natascha Engel about budget cuts in Derbyshire and what impact they will have on rural communities.
"We have been absolutely clear about the need for forces to ensure that the cuts are made to the back office, procurement, IT provision and so forth," said May, in a parliamentary written answer published on 6 December 2010.
"Forces must focus, in line with what chief constables up and down the country are saying, on frontline policing, on visible community policing, which is of benefit not only to forces in terms of catching criminals, but of course to local communities," the statement read.
October's Comprehensive Spending Review revealed that the police budget will be cut by 8 per cent in 2012-13; 6 per cent in 2013-14; and 4 per cent in each of the following two years. The Home Office will announce later this month how much police forces will receive in grants.
This article was originally published at Kable.
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".....they'll be plods on almost every corner....."
That might have been a good thing when the police actually worked for the people and had the peoples interests at heart.
Now the police aren't much more than an enforcement arm of the politicians so I find the prospect of having one on every corner highly disturbing.
the middle and upper management first.
Then the targets and bureaucratic reporting requirements.
Then the junkets to 'conferences' in far-away hot places.
Then any post whose title doesn't directly mean "catch the fucking criminals", including Co-ordination Officers; Liaison Officer; Local <insert special interest group name here> Facilitator; any post which keeps a police officer from leaving the warmth and security of the police station / HQ and interacting with the people in the community he's supposed to be working for.
Do these and I reckon that they'll be plods on almost every corner. Rather than every desk in their office.
Funny how in business you invest in IT to save money but everytime a public body wants to save money it does it by cutting IT?
I think I'll go an turn off a few servers to save make us more profitable.
Anybody know where I can buy carbon paper, typewriters and some box files to replace them ?