“The Federation repeatedly warned the Government that the severity of cuts to police funding would have profound and long lasting cuts.”

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Steve James, Vice-Chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, reacts to HMIC report “Noticeable differences between police and the service they provide” which has led to headlines this morning such as “Failing police ‘rumbled’ by weary public” and “Crimes not reported’ as public lose confidence in police”

Steve said: “The Federation repeatedly warned the Government that the severity of cuts to police funding would have profound and long lasting cuts.

“Police officers are working hard to do the best they can with the limited resources they have.

“That we have reached a point where the public are giving up on reporting crime because they believe that the police have given up on investigating it, should be be source of deep embarrassment to this Government.”

See the full HMICFRS report here https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/news/news-feed/noticeable-differences-between-police-and-the-service-they-provide/

In the report, HMIC Matt Parr said the public had “rumbled” that the police do not have the capacity to deal with common crimes, such as burglaries or car crime, and have given up reporting incidents to police.

“I think particularly in the volume crime area the public has rumbled that the police capacity to deal with this is extremely limited.”

Mr Parr added: “There are some strikingly low figures about car crime resolution, meaning most of the public simply give up reporting it because the chances of anything positive happening are so slim.”

“The country is just short of investigators,” he said. “There’s lots of forces that haven’t got enough detectives – therefore, very often, crimes aren’t allocated to the right people to investigate.”