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CAUTIOUS WELCOME TO 2003/04 POLICE FUNDING INCREASE

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The Metropolitan Police Authority today welcomed the announcement of...
The Metropolitan Police Authority today welcomed the announcement of

government grant funding for 2003/04*.

Toby Harris, chair of the MPA, said:

'While a number of issues have yet to be resolved, the overall

conclusion is that next year's budget should be balanced, without a

need to identify further savings.

'We still need to work through the fine print and are awaiting

further information from the Home Office, but this settlement looks

like good news for London. Taken together with the mayor's current

proposed budget this will allow a significant increase in police

resources in the capital.

'However, the authority cannot sit back on its laurels. In order for

us to introduce new, more effective policing initiatives that will

create a safer environment for Londoners, we will have to continue to

pursue efficiency savings within the Met.'

Final conclusions cannot be drawn before the mayor has consulted on

his budget proposals, but as they stand they would provide for an

increase of a further 1,200 police officers next year and the

transfer of 450-500 officers from control room duties to front line

policing.

The grant funding will enable the Metropolitan Police to sustain the

recent enhancement to its counter-terrorism capability and will also

support the continued deployment of 500 police community support

officers being recruited this year with the opportunity to secure

funding for further recruitment next year.

The budget position will be reviewed at the next meeting of the full

authority on 10 December.

NOTES

1. Identified efficiency savings for 2003/04 stand at£25.9m, which

left a funding gap of£9.6m.

The Metropolitan Police Authority took over the responsibility for

the Metropolitan Police Service on 3 July 2000. Its duties include

securing an effective and efficient police service for the

Metropolitan Police District and securing best value - ensuring

continuous improvement of London's policing services; consulting the

people of London to find out their views about policing in the

capital and taking account of these views when setting objectives.

See POLICE FUNDING IN ENGLAND TO INCREASE BY 6.2%on LGCnet.

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