Underfunded force cuts crime

New figures show Lincolnshire Police are continuing to bring crime down, but remain well underfunded by central government.

Quarterly data released by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, which include a drop in burglary of nearly a quarter, have been welcomed as “positive”.

Despite a two per cent overall drop in crime, the data shows spending on policing per head in Lincolnshire is the lowest in England at just £154 per head.

Mr Hardwick said: “This report underlines once again that the Government’s funding formula for policing is not equitable. It positively discriminates against Lincolnshire.

“I want to pay tribute to the Chief Constable, his officers and staff on their hard work.

“In Lincolnshire, we police with pride and it’s that pride in public service that delivers these positive results.”

Figures for the period of April to June 2013 show anti-social behaviour incidents in Lincolnshire dropped by 22 per cent compared to the same period in 2012, while violence against the person fell 20.6 per cent.

Robbery and vehicle crime are both down while the first quarter of the year saw a fall of 18 per cent in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads.

But these drops came in the face of low funding. Mr Hardwick said if Lincolnshire’s funding per head of population was commensurate with the contribution made by local people, a further £27 million would be available .

He added: ”It cannot be right that not only does spending on policing vary so widely across the country, but also that in some areas such as Lincolnshire, local taxpayers shoulder a much greater burden through the council tax for the cost of policing.”

“If everyone spent the same as we do in Lincolnshire, the police service in England would cost around £1 billion less.”