Public’s expectations of policing are going to have to change

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Are we seeing the end of Neighbourhood Policing? Is Policing with the Community consent heading for the dustbin of history?!

Police Changes are in the News again! What do you think about this statement?The head of the new National Police Chiefs’ Council, Chief Constable Sara Thornton, has said budget cuts and the changing face of crime could mean police officers would not be dispatched to investigate burglaries. Ms Thornton said the police had lost 70,000 posts over ten years and had endured 25% budget cuts. Meanwhile, burglaries were down but sex offences, cyber-crime and terrorism were up. “Crime is changing in this country,” she told the BBC. “We need to move from reacting to some of those traditional crimes to thinking about focusing on threat and harm and risk and really protecting the public.” She added: “We cannot do everything… The cuts are so significant, we are going to have so few officers that the public’s expectations are going to have to change.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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