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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Root & Branch Review of Policing


John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire will instigate a ‘root and branch’ review of Cheshire Constabulary to look for more efficient ways of working.

He says he wants to be sure every aspect of policing is organised to provide best value for money.

"Performance is already very good," he says. "In the past year crime has reduced by six per cent, which means there were four thousand fewer victims of crime. At the same time considerable savings were made to meet Government reductions in funding but I want to look at everything the Constabulary does; how it does it and why it does it.

I want to be sure that officers and staff are delivering exactly the right type of policing to all the communities they serve. That means listening to people’s opinions and never adopting the attitude that ‘we do things this way because we have always done things this way’.

I am confident that, working with the Chief Constable, I will be able to find areas where we can make further savings or generate external income.

That means more resources can be delivered to front line policing, where they will be most effective. I want to be sure that officers spend their time deterring and fighting crime; not stuck behind desks."

Mr Dwyer has also said that he is not a fan of privatisation of policing, but believes strongly in collaboration and partnership working. He has announced plans for a multi-agency partnership to target Cheshire’s one hundred most prolific offenders and said he will prioritise measures to prevent re-offending, including advice and guidance to serving prisoners.

He says, "In the end it is all about reducing crime and anti social behaviour, because that is how we can help to improve the quality of life for everyone in Cheshire."

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