A report from HMIC questions the future viability of Neighbourhood Policing and suggests that “some forces could become unsustainable or operationally unviable”.
The report published following recent inspections and with the headline “Forces’ future efficiency must improve to meet financial pressures” says that the police service faces major challenges in the years ahead from reduced budgets, fewer officers and more complex crime.
This inspection looked at how well forces understand the demand for their service and how well they match their resources to that demand and provides an assessment of their efficiency. The report is accompanied by separate reports on each force, based on inspections carried out from March to June 2015 and data provided by forces on their spending plans for future years. HMIC graded five forces as ‘outstanding’, 29 were ‘good’, eight as ‘requires improvement’ and for the first time, one force has been found to be ‘inadequate’.
Read the full report here