THE police and crime commissioner for Hampshire has said he is pleased with a report saying the county’s force is efficient.
Simon Hayes was responding to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s report, in which inspectors rated the force as ‘good’ at efficiency.
Mr Hayes said: ‘I am pleased the HMIC recognises that Hampshire Constabulary is capable of delivering effective policing through to 2017.
‘Many of the savings made have been enabled as a result of the emphasis in my Police and Crime Plan on Hampshire Constabulary taking a more business-like approach through, for example, improved management of the police estate, better use of technology through initiatives like body-worn video and collaboration with Thames Valley Police and significant efforts to modernise the workforce.
‘The nature of policing has changed significantly and I am pleased HMIC has recognised “the design of policing will support local partnership working”, which is a major priority in the Police and Crime Plan and vital to protecting people and places into the future.
‘The public should be particularly reassured that in these times of austerity the financial position for the short to long term is judged outstanding.’
The force is facing a potential further £45m to £60m cuts from the Home Office on top of £80m cuts since 2010. Its chief constable, Andy Marsh, has warned the force will have to change under more cuts.