Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Avon and Somerset Police miss out on £12million of funding

Bath MP Don Foster has slammed the Government after discovering that Avon and Somerset Constabulary is losing out on £12m of funding per year – the equivalent of around 300 new police officers.

Each year the Government calculates how much funding each force should receive, then applies dampening mechanisms which effectively remove millions of pounds from some areas. Avon and Somerset is one of the worst affected forces in England, with only three forces losing out on more money.

Commenting, Don said, “It is simply outrageous that our local police force is so underfunded. The Government itself admits that Avon and Somerset police should get £12 million more than they do.

“This equates to over 300 new officers on the beat, who could be protecting local residents and catching criminals.

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