- Preserving the front-line
All police forces need to be as efficient and effective as possible and Surrey Police must continue to look for savings in order to balance its budget. I want to make sure these savings, as far as possible, preserve the front line. Our savings plans over the next two years include a revised way of providing specialist services such as roads policing, firearms officers and dogs units to make better use of resources. I will ensure Surrey Police review their arrangements for learning and development and seek further savings from support services such as finance and HR. I will continue to look for savings in my own office as well as in the wider Force.
- Eliminate waste and inefficiency
Over the years, Surrey Police has reviewed all of its business areas and made a great deal of savings. I will make sure the Force continues to identify any areas of inefficiency and improves its processes wherever possible, including making the best use of the current and emerging operational technology such as Body Worn Video (BWV) and mobile technology to record crimes. Police systems and processes need to minimise any unnecessary duplication or bureaucracy.
The Chief Constable and I will work with other PCCs and forces, both regionally and nationally, to be at the forefront of work to re-design services to equip policing for the future. Criminal gangs and terrorists don’t work to county boundaries and the continued development of technology means criminals can have an impact on Surrey residents from anywhere in the world. We are working together in the South East on an ambitious collaboration programme to improve our operational effectiveness and deliver savings to invest back into policing.
- Effective and efficient Criminal Justice System
As well as overseeing the police, I have a role to play in ensuring all those working within the criminal justice system are focused on making sure it operates well. Those involved in the system should find it to be efficient and effective.