Home Department written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on police (a) workloads and (b) morale and wellbeing of recent reductions in police numbers; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

No such estimate has been made. This Government inherited the toughest fiscal challenge in living memory and we are having to take difficult decisions across the public sector including on police funding.

Police reform is working—forces are prioritising frontline delivery, crime continues to fall and victim satisfaction is up.

The Government are focused on the difference that police make, not how many of them there are. Forces are rising to the challenge of transforming the way policing is delivered to ensure that the quality of service provided to the public is maintained or improved.

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