PCC: Police out of reserves to plug funding cuts

Lincolnshire Police are searching for smarter ways to spend money and protect front line services as the force runs out of funding, warned the county’s PCC.

A new police report published this morning revealed how 113 police officers and 30 staff could lose their jobs as a result of budget pressures.

The police funding reserves, which were being used to prop up their £128 million budget, are now “exhausted” after millions were used in recent years.

Marc Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, said: “The report put into stark language the funding challenges facing Lincolnshire Police but this is not new information.

“In recent financial years, I have announced how we were using millions from the reserves and warned of the dangers ahead.

“Both myself and our local MPs have lobbied hard to make to make the Treasury and Home Office recognise the difficulties facing the county as a result of an outdate and flawed funding formula.

“I will, as always expect the Chief Constable to examine all options for delivering efficiencies so we can protect front line services as best as we can.”

Watch the video below to see how the Chief Constable reacted to the police report.