West Yorkshire Police: Four year strategy to save cash

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Protecting the public, working better with other forces and transforming West Yorkshire Police to operate effectively with less cash are among the priorities of a new police strategy.

The four-year plan, which includes major “transformational” savings, is up for approval at today’s meeting of the West Yorkshire Police Authority.

The normal three-year plan has been extended to four to align with the £90m budget reductions facing the force between now and 2015, following the Government’s 20 per cent nationwide Comprehensive Spending Review cut.

The savings are said to target so-called “back office and support functions”.

The plan states: “ It is important that all areas think differently and innovatively about how they work to maximise efficiency and productivity, while providing high quality services.

“This includes consideration about functions which could be delivered district-wide rather than at division or in new cluster arrangements.

“It is possible there will be reductions in front-line resources, but at all times we will ensure that at a divisional and neighbourhood level we are maximising our use of the resources available.

“This transformation will result in a smaller and leaner organisation.”

On local policing, the plan proposes to continue and extend neighbourhood policing teams (NPTs) and “response” and “investigation” services.

Antisocial behviour will go on being tackled by NPTs and Integrated Offender Management (IOM) teams, in cooperation with councils and local agencies.

Protecting the public from “serious harm” is seen as a major issue covering local crime, national threats from terrorism and organised crime, as well as civil and public disorders.

Organised crime problems, ranging from drugs and guns to internet crime, will be combatted with the help of new technologies and specialist policing.

It is promised the focus will be maintained on serious violent crimes, including murders, rapes and kidnaps.

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