Police Effectiveness

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st January 2005.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock 2:30 pm, 31st January 2005

The Minister will be aware that Essex police authority has received accolades for maximising its scarce resources and keeping costs down. The authority spends £137 per resident compared with an average in the shire counties of £151. What incentive is there for Essex police authority to keep down costs, given that there is no recognition of its effectiveness compared with the awards to other comparable police authorities, such as Kent? Is it not unfair discrimination that those who maximise scarce resources and increase operational effectiveness receive a pat on the shoulder but no bonus in the form of additional resources to encourage them?