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Strategy Insights: Policing the spend

Cutting costs while creating a police workforce fit for the future

Policing the spend


The government announced a 20% reduction in police budgets over four years in the October 2010 Spending Review. All forces will be facing financial pressures, and the Policing Minister Nick Herbert has stressed the importance of them responding through ‘transformational change, which places service improvement at its heart.’

This report is an examination of the current financial challenge facing the police service and consideration of the workforce-related issues in light of the Winsor review.

Key findings

This thought piece examines how police forces can manage the tensions between creating a workforce fit for the future, whilst achieving sustainable cost savings in the shorter term. It sets out the Deloitte method, illustrates some additional ways of deliverable cashable savings, and shows how we have helped other organisations to save money and reform their workforces.

It begins by examining the financial constraints impacting the police service, and comments on how forces are likely to respond to this.

It then considers how forces could take a more effective approach by developing a long-term workforce strategy, including analysing demand and considering the supply required to meet this. It proposes alternative service delivery models, and also suggests tactical solutions that can be used to save money while a more long-term approach is developed. The suggestions draw on and respond to the recommendations included within the Winsor review of police terms and conditions published in March 2011.

The article concludes by providing examples of benefits achieved through implementing some of the suggestions, and identifies where Deloitte has experience and is able to provide support.

This is a Deloitte Strategy publication for further information please contact:

James Taylor
020 7007 9721


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