It’s no secret that policing, along with the wider public sector, faces major challenges due to central Government’s unrelenting cuts to funding.
In Greater Manchester we have not shied away from the financial challenges, transforming local policing services and working more closely with local authorities and other partner agencies to tackle the issues that place most demand on Greater Manchester Police.
But we are now at crisis point. While we have managed the funding cuts well so far, the reality is that money is running out and this is reflected in my budget proposals for the next 12 months.
The changing nature and complexity of crime combined with a dwindling budget and the loss of thousands of officers pose extraordinary challenges. Add to that the uncertainty of future police funding and I am faced with extremely difficult decisions to ensure the communities of Greater Manchester are kept safe.
The upcoming general election and the potential of an emergency budget in the early days of a new Government could have further serious consequences for police funding. My pleas to Government, on behalf of local people, have so far been ignored putting local communities at risk – this is unacceptable.
Whoever is in government after May 7th must use that power to make sure that policing has the resources it needs to keep us safe. This is fundamental to secure communities, economic prosperity and a socially just society.