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The HMICFRS Report Divergence Under Pressure

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Peter Whittle Peter Whittle Brexit Alliance

I note the report Divergence Under Pressure issued by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on 7 February 2020, which stated that the public is increasingly not bothering to report certain types of crime. Is this development placing the relationship between the police and the public in jeopardy? https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/news/news-feed/noticeable-differences-between-police-and-the-service-they-provide/

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Policing across England and Wales has faced an unprecedented reduction in funding alongside an increase in demand. HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services Matt Parr has said in the press that “..police capacity to investigate crime has been reduced as a result of these pressures, which undoubtably has an impact on public confidence”.

There can be no doubt that a reduction in people and resources has had an impact on the MPS’s capacity to do its work and an impact on the relationship between the public and the police. Every day, MPS leaders must make difficult decisions about allocating diminishing resources across all of the serious issues that the police must deal with. The Government’s belated recognition that their police cuts were a mistake, finally beginning the recruitment of more officers is welcome, but this comes after nearly a decade of devastating cuts.