We are in a time where all public sector services need to be as efficient as possible. I have already made savings of over £100,000 to my office budget by cutting posts and will re-direct this money to providing better services to people who need it.
A new funding formula for policing is being developed by the Government and I will work with the Home Office to make sure that Surrey receives fair treatment.
I want to retain the identity of Surrey Police as a Force that local people can be proud of. However, I have a duty to collaborate and support working with others to share costs, make savings, improve our buying power and jointly provide better services. There are well established collaboration arrangements between Surrey and Sussex Police and I will oversee these and encourage new opportunities, alongside the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, to make sure these are working as effectively as possible.