North Yorkshire Police force 'good value for money'

North Yorkshire Police force 'good value for money'

North Yorkshire Police force 'good value for money'

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A NEW report into North Yorkshire Police has judged the force "good" value for money, and said its efficiency is "outstanding".

The Policing In Austerity - Meeting The Challenge report, published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and said the force's financial plan for the future was "good".

It said: "As a low-cost force, North Yorkshire has made good progress in reducing costs still further while retaining its commitment to neighbourhood policing. The force is delivering the required savings today while investing and developing an affordable way to deliver policing in the future."

The report showed the force was on track to meet its £16m saving target, and police officer numbers would fall by six per cent between 2010 and 2015 - lower than the national average of 11 per cent - though an increase in staffing is expected.

Chief Constable Dave Jones welcomed the report which he said reflected the work the force had done in dealing with major financial cuts in recent years.

He said: "There is no doubt that policing against the backdrop of financial cuts is challenging but it’s good to see that HMIC recognises the work that has been undertaken across North Yorkshire to deal with the unprecedented cuts we have seen over the past four years.

"What matters to me is that we provide the people of North Yorkshire with best possible service, that victims of crime are supported when they are at their most vulnerable, and that offenders are brought to justice. Nothing will change those priorities and it is up to us to ensure that we manage our resources with those priorities in mind.

“Our figures for reducing crime and for victim satisfaction are already some of the best in the country and while it will be a challenge to improve on these, I am confident that our plans for the future, which include investing in technology and cutting bureaucracy will help us to become more responsive.”

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: "This report shows that savings can be made, whilst ensuring local neighbourhood policing remains robust and healthy.

"Looking forwards though, there will be challenges. It is therefore satisfying that HMIC has recognised the quality our future plans. We are determined to do all we can to maintain local community policing, as well as meet our national and regional responsibilities through alliances and collaboration. This will not be easy, but it is vital in ensuring the future of local policing across North Yorkshire."

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10:38am Wed 23 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Good value for money" - excellent. Not to be confused with the old saying about the police in Hong Kong: "the best police force money can buy...".
"Good value for money" - excellent. Not to be confused with the old saying about the police in Hong Kong: "the best police force money can buy...". Ignatius Lumpopo
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10:57am Wed 23 Jul 14

ian923 says...

I have a funny feeling that the chief constable Dave Jones knows exactly what he is doing and so do his staff. It begs the question:How useful (or useless) is Julia Mulligan to him and what could he do with the extra cash if her post as PCC was dissolved?
I have a funny feeling that the chief constable Dave Jones knows exactly what he is doing and so do his staff. It begs the question:How useful (or useless) is Julia Mulligan to him and what could he do with the extra cash if her post as PCC was dissolved? ian923
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12:33pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

This would be the same force whose previous Chief Constable and current Head Union Representative repeatedly stated these efficiency measures could not be achieved without anarchy on our streets.
This would be the same force whose previous Chief Constable and current Head Union Representative repeatedly stated these efficiency measures could not be achieved without anarchy on our streets. Pete the Brickie
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3:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

ian923 wrote:
I have a funny feeling that the chief constable Dave Jones knows exactly what he is doing and so do his staff. It begs the question:How useful (or useless) is Julia Mulligan to him and what could he do with the extra cash if her post as PCC was dissolved?
I'm no fan of Ms Mulligan, but in answer to your question they would have to spend it several times over on a totally unaccountable body known as a Police Authority. You might remember our last one for failing to sack or censure Graham Maxwell and Adam Briggs for their numerous antics in office.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: I have a funny feeling that the chief constable Dave Jones knows exactly what he is doing and so do his staff. It begs the question:How useful (or useless) is Julia Mulligan to him and what could he do with the extra cash if her post as PCC was dissolved?[/p][/quote]I'm no fan of Ms Mulligan, but in answer to your question they would have to spend it several times over on a totally unaccountable body known as a Police Authority. You might remember our last one for failing to sack or censure Graham Maxwell and Adam Briggs for their numerous antics in office. Pete the Brickie
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