the 43 police forces are at get out police in front line roles. While
some back office police work is important, the number of officers who
are "visible and available" at any one time is key to cutting crime. |
Nonetheless, less than 12 per cent of police officers and Police Community Support Officers’ (PCSO) time is “visible and available” to the public. Because of this it effectively costs taxpayers nearly £800,000 for every constant ‘bobby on the beat’. A key priority for Police Chiefs and newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners must be to focus resources on frontline policing. The report has a full breakdown of availability and expenditure by police force.
Read the full report at the TaxPayers' Alliance web site.
Outside London, the police forces with the highest cost per visible and available officer/PCSO are:
The police forces with the lowest cost per visible and available officer/PCSO are:
The report was covered in The Sun on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and 13 local and online publications.