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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has today
published its thematic report ‘Policing in Austerity: One year on’
on the plans by all forces in England and Wales to meet the
financial challenge of the government’s Comprehensive Spending
As part of this, the HMIC reports on the plans by City of London
Police to identify savings, which the force has done through its
City First change programme.
The HMIC points out that City of London Police has a history of
reducing cost while improving performance and although it has the
lowest budget of all forces it has to make the largest reduction
under the Comprehensive Spending Review.
The report states the force has already put in place plans to
meet the £17m savings that are needed - and may even exceed the
The HMIC reports that to meet the savings, the force will cut
its total workforce and that there will be reductions in police
officer posts, though the proportion of officers assigned to
frontline duties will increase by 2015.
Assistant Commissioner Frank Armstrong said: ‘The figures set
out in the HMIC report are solely representative to meet the
financial savings we must find, but are still subject to
fluctuation as we go through the process of consultation and
implementing change. We have sought to identify savings in the
region of £20m while continuing to provide a first class
‘The City of London Police has a unique and complex role to
fulfil, not only protecting people and businesses in the Square
Mile with all the specialist and local policing that requires, but
also the force has a national remit in tackling economic crime.
‘While our percentage of the workforce on the frontline may
appear lower than the national average, as the HMIC highlight, we
are also reorganising to provide more officers on the streets,
while exploring new ways to generate funding by working with the
private sector, particularly around our national lead capability in
dealing with economic crime.’
While HMIC says crime has increased fractionally in the City,
crime levels are still the lowest of all 43 forces inspected and
the last year-on-year Home Office audited figures showed a decrease
of four per cent, which is slightly above the national average for
the reduction in crime.
Assistant Commissioner Armstrong added: ‘The City of London
remains the safest place to live, work and visit.’
Policing in Austerity: One Year On (main report)
City of London, Policing in Austerity: One Year On