We deliver improved outcomes and savings through innovation and collaboration.
In order to make sure the Constabulary is as efficient and effective as possible, the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan includes the following objectives:
Drive efficiency and effectiveness in policing through local, regional and national collaboration.
Transformation of the way we deliver public services in the county is key to providing the savings required to deliver the Commissioner’s plan. Around 60% of the funding for Cambridgeshire Constabulary comes from central government. However inflation and other cost pressures means we have to continually find savings to achieve a balanced budget.
Despite the county’s rapid population growth, Cambridgeshire is one of the lowest funded forces in the country and consequently also one of the most low cost forces in the country, costing 43p per person per day compared to the national average of 55p. Making sure that every pound is used wisely is paramount. Future savings and eﬃciencies will be achieved through a number of long term transformational programmes, in particular ongoing collaboration with other police forces, closer working with local partners to address community safety issues and maximising the opportunities of technology.
Continue to drive transformation within Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
In policing, new technology releases officer time, increases visibility and improves the quality of investigations. For example body-worn cameras capture live evidence, mobile devices ensure front line officers can update their records from within the community and remote links into courts save officer travelling time. Technology is already transforming the way the police service operates.
Identify the best way for fire and policing to work together in the future.
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 provides a framework for joint working between emergency services. In Cambridgeshire, a memorandum of understanding on police/fire/ambulance joint working was signed in December 2017. A proposal for the Commissioner to take on the governance of fire was approved by the Home Secretary in March 2018. The Home Secretary’s decision is currently subject to legal challenge by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority.
Work with partners to realise the benefits for community safety which can be derived from improved governance and integrated delivery.
Nationally 84 per cent of what the police do is not crime-related. All agencies need to understand the current and potential future demand on their services, and whether they are the right service to respond, to enable them to decide how they can best respond to communities when they need them. Strong partnership governance is vital so that when agencies in Cambridgeshire take decisions about changing services we ensure that they do not have unintended consequences for other organisations.