Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge

In the October 2010 spending review, the government announced that central funding to the police service in England and Wales would be reduced in real terms by 20 percent in the four years between March 2011 and March 2015.

HMIC’s Valuing the Police programme has tracked how forces have planned to make savings to meet this budget reduction.

This report contains the findings of the fourth year of valuing the police inspections, with data collected and forces inspected between March 2014 and June 2014.

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Download the report, ‘Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge’ and the reports for forces in England and Wales

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Press release for ‘Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge’

Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.