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Police warn over cuts

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Chief Constable Sara Thornton has warned Thames Valley Police may not be able to continue to protect the public if cuts deepen.

A Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) meeting yesterday heard that the force had cut £58m from its annual budget of more than £400m a year through efficiency savings.

But speaking after the meeting, Ms Thornton said: “The concern is if the level of cut in Government grant continues it will get increasingly difficult to protect the frontline and the people of Thames Valley.”

PCC Anthony Stansfeld also said policing the region’s growing population could be a concern, adding: “Our biggest challenge is rising population with falling budgets.”

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11:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

pete j says...

I fully support any reduction in Thames Valley Police and I know many other people do as well. Infact I would suggest that a reduction of over £75m would be more appropriate! If this was any other private organisation or company this would have been done many years ago, so they are indeed lucky to get away with being over-staffed for so long!
Thames Valley Police have a reputation for not performing and being unhelpful and providing a poor service .It is not the number of police officers that is important and effects the crime rate- it is the quality of them!
Thames Valley officers have little interest when a crime is reported and very little attempt is made to investigate it or follow it up as they should. This is NOT because they don’t have time, this is purely because they simply have no enthusiasm and can not be bothered! The police (especially in Banbury) have the reputation of avoiding areas where violent crime is likely to occur, not turning up when they have been informed of an accident, not being interested or following up other crimes such as burglaries, break ins, car thefts and incidents of anti-social behaviour etc and generally ‘hiding’ in areas that they wont be found when they are needed.
Perhaps with this reduction Thames Valley Police may be able to get rid of all the ‘dead wood’ in the force, and there is a lot of it. Those officers who are still employed may then realise that they are there to do the job which they are paid for and hopefully more dedication an incentive to perform better!!
Its QUALITY of officers - Not Quantity !!!
I fully support any reduction in Thames Valley Police and I know many other people do as well. Infact I would suggest that a reduction of over £75m would be more appropriate! If this was any other private organisation or company this would have been done many years ago, so they are indeed lucky to get away with being over-staffed for so long! Thames Valley Police have a reputation for not performing and being unhelpful and providing a poor service .It is not the number of police officers that is important and effects the crime rate- it is the quality of them! Thames Valley officers have little interest when a crime is reported and very little attempt is made to investigate it or follow it up as they should. This is NOT because they don’t have time, this is purely because they simply have no enthusiasm and can not be bothered! The police (especially in Banbury) have the reputation of avoiding areas where violent crime is likely to occur, not turning up when they have been informed of an accident, not being interested or following up other crimes such as burglaries, break ins, car thefts and incidents of anti-social behaviour etc and generally ‘hiding’ in areas that they wont be found when they are needed. Perhaps with this reduction Thames Valley Police may be able to get rid of all the ‘dead wood’ in the force, and there is a lot of it. Those officers who are still employed may then realise that they are there to do the job which they are paid for and hopefully more dedication an incentive to perform better!! Its QUALITY of officers - Not Quantity !!! pete j
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