There’s an old line from the Good Book that’s been on my mind of late. It goes something like this:
“Without a vision, the people perish.”
It comes from the Old Testament book of Proverbs (known also as ‘The Book of Wisdom’) and it has particular resonance as I scan the current police-related news headlines.
First there is the National Audit Office report into police funding. Amongst a series of damning conclusions, you can read the following:
- ‘The Home Office has no overarching strategy for policing, limiting its ability to plan investments and programmes of work over the longer term.’
- ‘The formula for funding police forces does not take into account the full range of demands on police time.’
- ‘There are no common standards for measuring all demands for police services and their costs, and therefore no national picture of what forces need.’
Extraordinary. Just extraordinary.
And, without a vision, the people perish.
The NAO point out that there has been a 30% real terms reduction in central Government funding for policing...
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