Police authority boost

Derbyshire Police Authority has agreed a plan which could seal the end of its recruitment freeze three years early.

The Police Authority has already secured £15m of the £19m it needs to plug the funding gap that resulted from a 20% reduction in its Government grant until 2015.

the Authority says it is now in a position to draw more than £1m from its budget reserves to invest in more bobbies from as early as next year.

It says the move will ensure the force has the resilience to deal with future crime threats.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “This is an enviable position to be in so early into our recovery plan and means Derbyshire residents can start to look forward to a strengthened police presence in the near future which I hope will increase confidence and reassurance in the county.

“We’ve made some difficult choices over the past two years in order to meet the unprecedented financial challenge we faced while still retaining the quality of service the public rightly expects. Those decisions are thankfully now justified in light of the huge progress we’ve made in our budget plans and the healthier financial position we find ourselves in.