Police force tops survey
Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has commended the force for its dedication to the public after a national survey of community confidence and satisfaction levels ranked it the best in the country.
The reliability of officers was praised by the public, who scored Northumbria Police the highest of all 43 forces for doing a good job, in the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales.
Dame Vera said the results were ‘very encouraging’ for the Force in the face of some of the most ‘severe’ cuts Northumbria Police has experienced.
She said: “It is fantastic to see public confidence and satisfaction is so high which is a central part of my police and crime plan. It is a testament to the resilience of the Force and is very encouraging news despite the struggles severe Government funding cuts have placed on local policing.”
She added: “We all know Northumbria has been hit the hardest out of all police forces and has had to make savings and cuts of £136m since 2010 - a real terms reduction in excess of 23%. Despite the huge challenge this has presented – we have managed to protect local policing as best we can – which is an absolute priority for me, and it is nice to see that the public are still so supportive.
“Our police force needs proper Government funding to allow our Chief Constable and police officers to continue delivering a good service to victims – something the people of Northumbria expect and deserve.”