‘Impact of cuts not understood,’ says crime commissioner

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has backed an influential committee of MPs who believe the Home Office does not have a proper understanding of how Government cuts affect services.

Police were said to lack sufficient information on demands, while the Home Office was accused of a “significant failure” after a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised its “hands-off” approach.

The PAC probe on the financial suitability of police services in England and Wales comes as they brace for a fresh round of spending reductions.

Mrs Baird said: “We welcome the committee agreeing with us that the Home Office does not understand demand on policing.

“Northumbria Police is ahead of the game in trying to measure what all policing demands cost in police time, such as missing people, traffic collissions and safeguarding the vulnerable and so on.

“This is before we take into consideration the work police do because other agencies have suffered cuts too.

“The Chief Constable and I will continue to do our best to deliver the policing services that the residents of Northumbria rightly expect.”