Dear Mr Harvey
I intend to keep the present balance of police numbers between Local Police Areas (LPAs) unchanged. It is not possible to give the baseline breakdown between urban and rural areas as many LPAs have both rural and urban areas within them. For instance West Berkshire is essentially small towns and rural areas, yet it contains the western urban areas of Reading. Milton Keynes again is both rural and urban, as is Buckinghamshire.
What I don’t envisage is moving numbers of Police between LPAs , either from or into, more rural or urban areas.
Anthony Stansfeld | Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
Now of course, this raises lots of interesting questions:
- Is it for the PCC to decide on the numbers of police officers deployed around their area?
- Might the Chief Constable have a view that this is an operational matter?
- If it not possible to give a baseline breakdown between urban and rural areas, how will he assert that this pledge has (or has not) been kept come 2016?
- There are 14 local police areas in Thames Valley which could probably all be described as containing both urban and rural zones although the mix would vary. Is he really saying that he does not foresee any movement between these LPAs in the next 3.5 years, even if crime rates vary differentially?
I shall watch how this all plays out. Interesting.
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