During today’s Police and Crime Panel meeting, the new Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner admitted he’d be “jolly lucky” to hit his manifesto commitment of employing an additional 300 officers during his term in office, with his current proposals only guaranteeing an additional 106 over the next three years.
The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Nelson, delivered his first police budget today, setting out his forecasts for his three years in office.
Mr Nelson’s campaign pledge, in last year’s elections, said ‘Back me and together we will put 300 more “Bobbies on the Beat”.’ However, today, his budget report conceded he could only guarantee 102 officers and 4 PCSOs – missing his pledge by 65 per cent.
When the PCC was challenged by Lib Dem councillors during the meeting, he told panel members to “stop banging on” about the missed manifesto commitments.
Police and Crime panel member and Cotswold District Councillor, Ray Brassington, said after the meeting:
‘The Police and Crime Commissioner stated today that he was “adjusting his manifesto commitments” to deliver a little over 100 new police officers, having won the election promising that residents would see 300 new bobbies on the beat.
‘At a time when the public’s confidence in our politicians is at an all time low, it is incredibly disappointing to see the Conservative Commissioner break his promises just nine months into his term.
‘In a little over two years the public will get the opportunity to judge him on his record rather than just the rhetoric.’