National Policing Pledge Scrapped
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01 Jul 2010
It has been disappointing to hear news this week that the Coalition Government has decided to scrap the National Policing Pledge. Over the last two years, the National Policing Pledge has helped to drive up standards locally and improve public confidence in the way our communities have been policed. The pledge provided the public with a clear set of minimum standards that they could expect from their local police. It also combined both national and local elements, over issues such as response times, community engagement and local accountability.
Community policing has become so important to our area. It is vital that residents know exactly what they can expect from their local police so that they are able to engage with their community policing teams effectively.
I am afraid that the decision to scrap the pledge, do away with national standards and cut the Home Office budget will impact on the way crime is tackled here in the Rother Valley.