Back in July I blogged about the cap imposed by the Government on Surrey Police’s budget. Last week we all had the tangible proof of this – new Council Tax bills showing the reduction, together with a note from the Chief Constable setting out his response to the imposed cuts. He stressed that he will continue to police Surrey in the interests of its residents, and if that means missing some Labour-imposed targets, the so be it.
On Thursday I had the chance to question Ian Dyson, currently Assistant Chief Constable of the Surrey force. He expressed mystification as to why the Government had acted as it did, a sentiment I share entirely. However, and here’s the good news, he assured me (and the public meeting which he and I attended) that front-line services would not be affected. Extra resources will be directed to neighbourhood teams tackling anti-social behaviour, and the force will continue to invest in the number-plate recognition cameras designed to spot the London-based criminals responsible for 60% of offences carried out in Surrey.
Our local force deserves our full support, particularly in the difficult circumstances in which they find themselves now.