This autumn chief constable Julie Spence hit the national headlines by highlighting the funding pressures of Cambridgeshire Police.
In the North of the County there is one of the most rapidly growing immigrant populations in the UK. Bridging cultural differences costs the police time and money.
The South of the County is one of the fastest growing areas in the UK. The number of houses in South Cambridgeshire has increased by 7% in the past 5 years. However the number of police officers has actually dropped. There are additional PCSOs – they do a valuable job but they do not have the same training or powers as police officers and are not available after midnight. The police desperately need additional manpower to keep up with the growing population.
I have highlighted this in a motion I brought to our council. Now as a council we are supporting the police in their plea for funds. Over the next few weeks I am going to be spending more time with the police to understand their problems better.
p.s. for my night out on the town with the police see here