In July 2012 HMIC released a series of reports Entitled Policing in Austerity One Year On. They wrote one report for each of the Forces in England and Wales. In each report was contained details of their individual establishment (Police Officers all ranks) together with their planned establishment for March 2015.
On 31st January the Home Office are due to release their latest set of Manpower stats for September 2013. They only get measured/released once very 6 months.
42% (YES nearly HALF, not a trypo) of the 43 Forces in England and Wales are already reporting that their establishment is currently LOWER than their planned March 2015 Target.
As previously commented on elsewhere total establishment for England and Wales has dropped from 131,837 in September 2012 to 128,350 in September 2013.
Planned total Establishment for March 2015 is 128,670, so even the total for England and Wales is lower than it has to be.
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So I ask you, PCC, Chief Constable, Home Secretary, Mayor of London, Prime Minister – two simple questions:-
Why is it necessary to reduce Manpower levels to LESS than their March 2015 Austerity Target Level?
Could it possibly be that this destruction of our Police Service actually has less to do with Austerity than you would have us believe?
Simple questions, maybe we could have a simple answer please?