The government's spending review of 2010 required police forces in the UK to make savings of 20 per cent, much of which was expected to come in the form of reductions in staff numbers. However, ensuring frontline services are not impacted by these measures is a key priority, while public perception can never be overlooked. Members of the public expect fast response times and to see officers on the street, while the media is often critical of any budget cuts in emergency services.
Minimising outlay and running costs
While reducing vehicle numbers is one of the most obvious ways to cut operating costs, other methods can prevent the need for this. Police forces have come under criticism for using cars that are too large, so downgrading to smaller, more fuel-efficient models can be effective. Consumption can also be improved by choosing diesel engines over petrol - although performance remains key if policing is to be effective - while forces can work together to minimise initial outlay, with collective buying power allowing for volume discounts to be increased.
Resource management solutions, meanwhile, can make a significant difference to operational efficiency - allowing for smarter deployment of staff. Response and travel times can be cut by ensuring the most appropriate patrol is allocated to an incident, while speedy data verification lowers the time and cost of investigations.
The challenge of the 2012 Olympics
For emergency services operating in London, the potential impact of the 2012 Olympic Games on day-to-day operations is a major concern - with a London Assembly report finding there are likely to be funding shortfalls as a result of the spending review [Public Sector Spending Cuts]. London Fire Brigade estimated it would have £900,000 less than it needs, while the ambulance service expects to need hundreds of extra staff to cope with the increased demand.
It means those operating emergency services need to be involved with detailed planning, while Londoners will be encouraged to make use of public transport so roads are not clogged and asked to ensure they are using the most appropriate health services for their needs.
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