Thames Valley Police provides good value for money according to a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary today.
The Valuing the Police report states HMIC is reassured the Force plans to be able to reduce costs significantly while continuing to fight crime and keep our communities safe.
It also states Thames Valley Police is on track to achieve required savings of £58.9 million over the current spending review period (2011/12–2014/15) and to meet its future financial challenge.
The report recognises Thames Valley Police’s ability to achieve the savings with a considerably smaller reduction in officer and staff numbers than other Forces while, at the same time, having increasing the actual numbers of officers and staff in frontline roles.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “We are pleased the report recognises Thames Valley Police’s dedication to providing a high quality policing service to the communities we serve.
“While it acknowledges the difficult decisions Forces have to make to identify savings, it reinforces our belief that we are making the right decisions which have resulted in crime in the Thames Valley being at its lowest for 25 years which is something we can be very proud of.”
In 2014/15 the Force identified saving of £12.4m and a further £10.8m in 2015/16. Within the 2014/15 savings TVP has been able to deploy an extra 19 officers to local policing areas and a further 15 to child protection.
Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “This is an encouraging and useful report from HMIC. Thames Valley Police has managed the considerable financial cuts well through greater efficiency, collaboration with other forces and through better use of technology.
“As the Chief Constable points out we have reduced crime to its lowest level in 25 years.
“We are better placed than the majority of other forces to weather the future cuts that will come, though this will not be easy.”
Chief Constable Sara Thornton added: “We have reduced our annual budget by more than £58 million over the last four years and reported crime has gone down and victim satisfaction and public confidence have gone up. However we need to reduce our budgets by a further £38 million over the next three years.
“This will be really tough but we will do everything we can to ensure that the service to the public is protected.”