The whole police funding procedure is far too complicated and dates back to the time when police authorities were around and had a say in how the funding would be gathered from the local community.
That has gone but not the rest of the arcane procedure. Despite cuts to funding the precept in local council tax has risen here for instance every year despite a council tax freeze on everything else ?
This govt guide shows how ludicrously complicated the formula is.
And this gives an insight into what is coming or not
Police chiefs can politicise all they want to but the police are funded on a national basis this will go on, they don’t help themselves either with the amalgamation of the 40 odd police forces taking forever, as personal fiefdoms take precedence over the public purse.
One thing mentioned above but never mentioned as a cost saving is police pensions.
The late Auberon Waugh once, in one of his better moments, described it as “the obscenity of police pensions.”
Like politicians, it is sacrosant, they are never to be touched despite being because of the ridiculous ability to retire after 30 years service, at in some cases 48, the same is true of the fire service.
Whilst a case can be made for certain aspects of the police and fire service on early retirement, it does not apply to the majority, especially high ranking officers who spend most of their time behind a desk.
The true cost in the finances of police pensions is rarely a visited subject. If the private sector pensions can be reduced by govt as under Brown and the tax privileges reduced, then the privileged public sector should also start to face up to reality. The savings would be enormous, but will it happen, don’t hold your breath.