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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Public service voices
Police inspector John Gledhill

Police Inspector John Gledhill watched Gordon Brown announce details of the spending review.

Here is his verdict on the government's plans.

The two areas of professional concern for me as a police officer are increased spending for the Home Office, which appears to target more police and dealing with asylum seekers, and the increased spending on transport.

There is a need for improved funding for police and the criminal justice system.

However, the money needs to be targetted where it can be best used. Merely throwing money at the problems will not work.

I am very sceptical about whether the government knows what is required in this area - certainly their handling of the police reform negotiations was inept and confrontational.

The resulting package, whilst not as objectionable as originally proposed, will cost the country more without really impacting on police efficiency.

Given the large numbers of officers about to retire over the next five or six years, the service will need to recruit and retain large numbers of quality officers in a competitive labour market.

There is a need for streamlining and efficiency within the courts system - so far the government has been long on talk and short on action.

As a police officer with responsibility for policing the strategy road network in the county of Kent, I am aware how congested our roads are becoming.

Even a minor disruption to cross-channel traffic necessitates 'Operation Stack' to cope with the backlog of lorries - with resultant disruption to the residents of Kent.

Any initiative to reduce traffic congestion would be welcomed.

As a father of four school age children, I welcome the investment in education and endorse the emphasis on science teaching which is currently inadequately funded.

I also support the additional funding for defence in the light of September 11th and our peace keeping committments in the Balkans & Afganistan.

I note that a relatively minor sum - 38m - is being allocated to projects involving sustainable energy initiatives. I believe this is a key environmental issue which should receive greater priority.

Overall I endorse the general drift of the policy and suport the decision to invest more in these key public services.

It remains to be seen however whether the government is capable of acheiving real results for their/our money.

I trust that the Home Office's record on policing will not be typical of the other public services.


The government's plans for future spending are published on 15 July

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