POLICE FOCUS: Government offer no comfort to force

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
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The number of police officers in Lincolnshire could fall below 1,100 after a £3million cut in the county’s policing budget.

Despite letters from Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Alan Hardwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, urging the Government to make police funding fairer, the county faces a two and a half per cent cut in spending.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The Home Secretary accepts that we have been at the forefront of change and also recognises that we face particular financial pressures.

“However, this settlement will only further increase pressure on our already stretched budgets and will make it increasingly difficult to maintain current levels of service in the future beyond this year.

“Funding has been taken away from local communities and, specifically, what the grant settlement means for Lincolnshire is a reduction in cash terms of over £3 million.

“We continue to urge the Government to urgently review the funding formula.”