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Reductions in police funding are challenging but manageable

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Nick Herbert says that if police forces make savings in the right way, they can protect frontline policing services for the public

In an article for Police Review, Policing Minister Nick Herbert insists that, although tough decisions have to be taken on funding, pay and pensions, he is ‘a fierce supporter of the police’.

Reducing bureaucracy and restoring professional discretion

Mr Herbert said, ‘I am determined to help officers to do their job in every way I can, whether it’s by reducing bureaucracy, dealing with inefficiencies in the criminal justice system, or eliminating targets and central direction that gets in the way.  I want to restore professional discretion and give officers the space to exercise their judgement.  And I want to encourage high quality training and a new focus on skills.’

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Read Nick Herbert’s full article in Police Review