Responding to today’s Office of National Statistics Crime Survey for England and Wales report for year the ending September 2019, APCC Performance lead, Matthew Scott PCC said:
“Individual PCCs will use a range of mechanisms to hold their Chief Constables to account. Crime data alone does not reflect the huge amount of work our police forces do where no crime has taken place - searching for missing people; attending serious collisions on our roads; prevention work in our schools; and dealing with people in mental health crisis, for example.
“Overall demand on our police officers and staff continues to grow and that is why ongoing investment is so important. The Government is funding a further 20,000 police officers and, following yesterday’s funding settlement, all PCCs are looking at their own force’s budgetary needs before presenting their 2020/21 precept proposals to their Police and Crime Panels.”