Manchester police chief Peter Fahy promises ‘radical solutions’ as force faces budget cuts

By Helen Le Caplain

Police budget savings will require ‘radical solutions’ according to Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable in an online webchat last night.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy was inundated with queries from concerned Manchester residents about the effect the funding cuts will have on the force, and conceded there were challenging times ahead.

When asked about the possibility of outsourcing some police services, Chief Constable Fahy said that tough decisions needed to be made.

He said: “I do need to be clear, the budget savings we are required to make will require radical solutions.

“While the private sector has some things to offer, there are also lots of drawbacks so that is why we are watching how other forces are getting on.”

“I would much prefer for us to achieve savings by working in greater collaboration with other public services in Greater Manchester.”

When asked whether he thought the financial landscape looked brighter in the future, Chief Constable Fahy was reserved.

He said: “This is about the country’s long-term financial future and you really need to ask an economist.

“I would have to say that a significant increase in police funding does not look likely.”

Despite the financial squeeze on the police budget Chief Constable Fahy remained optimistic about the service GMP provides and applauded officers for their work and dedication.

He said: “We have to be realistic that at a time of pay freezes and significant budget cuts, morale is not going to be great.

“That said, police officers do not do what they do for financial reasons and they continue to do a great job to serve the public.”

A full transcript of the webchat can be seen here.

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