Cuts in Counter-Terror Funding
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's statement
on cuts to Counter-Terrorism funding.
Responding to the confirmation from Britain's most senior police
officer, Sara Thornton, that Counter-Terrorism funding will be cut
by 7.2% by 2020, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner,
David Jamieson, said: "I'm very concerned. These figures suggest
nationally we could lose around 1,000 Counter-Terror police
officers in just 3 years. In the West Midlands it could mean we
lose nearly 1 in 10 of our 700 Counter-Terror officers.
"The government is failing in its duty to give the police the
funding they need to protect the public.
"Britain's most senior officer, Sara Thornton has confirmed
Counter-Terror funding for the police will fall by 7.2% by 2020 -
something Theresa May denied when asked at Prime Minister's
questions in June.
"That doesn't tell the whole story though. Neighbourhood policing
has been cut to the bone and with it crucial streams of
intelligence have been lost. It is only with the confidence of our
communities that we can police and manage the growing threats we
"When the terrorism threat level was raised to critical recently,
the truth is neighbourhood policing stopped across the country.
There is not the capacity in policing to allow officers to respond
to the terror threat, guard crowded places and provide
neighbourhood policing at the same time.
"In the West Midlands it costs us £100,000 a day whilst at the
critical terror threat level and for some days after. Officers
doing longer shifts then need to be rested, meaning the return to
normal neighbourhood policing duties can take up to a week.
"The Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget in November gives the
government the chance to do the right thing and give police forces
the funding they need to keep us all safe.
"Real terms increases in funding are required to enable police
forces to carry on their crucial work, to tackle ever more
complicated crimes and threats and ensure neighbourhood policing is
provided for our communities.
Hansard of PMQ when the Prime Minister denied a 7.2% cut in
the counter terror budget
Ian Austin MP
The Counter Terror budget is £707 million, the government's
projected cuts of 7.2% equate to £50.904 million, or 1,018 police
officers (based on accepted total costs of £50,000 per
NPCC Chair, Sara Thornton confirming 7.2% cuts to counter terror
policing budget - based on government projections