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Better IT will plug police funding gap

Christopher Salmon
Christopher Salmon

LOCAL Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has responded to news that Government funding for the police is to fall. Following today’s statement on the Police Grant by Policing Minister Mike Penning, Mr Salmon said: “The news for Dyfed-Powys is as I expected. “Our 2015-16 settlement will be down 5.1% – from around £53.1m this year to £50.3m next. “The impact on local services here will be limited; we’re well aware of trends and that’s reflected in our prudent planning. “Thanks to new IT, the people of Dyfed-Powys can look forward to around 100,000 extra hours of bobbies on the beat next year. “They will also see a greater focus on community policing, better access to the police, an improved police air service and new services for victims of crime”