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Reform‘s Senior Research Director Charlotte Pickles argued against the question “With the chancellor likely to make sharp cuts to the police budget, does this risk damaging public safety?”, posed by City AM. She highlighted the fact that since 2010 policing budgets have been down by around a quarter but crime has been down by a third in the same period. Although some areas, such as counter terrorism, will have increased resourcing in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, other areas can afford to become more efficient:
“A smaller, more flexible and skilled police workforce is key. Neighbourhood policing can be pared back. There are efficiency gains to be made through streamlining processes and adopting effective technology.
Yes, more investment is needed in certain areas, but other areas must become more productive.”
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