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Published: Thursday 10 December 2015

A Cityforum Round Table Event

Policing after the Spending Review

  • understanding demand and securing evidence based delivery 
  • opportunities in partnership for future policing

Thursday 10 December 2015
Eversheds, London EC2

This Round Table, to be held following the conclusion of the Spending Review, will examine how the police and their partners can better understand the cost drivers affecting their operations and how a whole system approach could reduce collective demand on all. To view the agenda and confirmed speakers visit

At present there is no comprehensive assessment of demands placed on the police service in England and Wales. In its recent report on the question, the College of Policing found that although recorded crime has fallen, the police are facing increasing pressure on their time and resources as complex crimes have risen. The non-crime workload is also increasing. The College Report does not, however, cover the subject comprehensively. Pressure on the service may well increase as budget cuts to local authorities and stringency in the NHS mean the police are ever more likely to be called upon as the service of last resort.

The necessity for an accurate assessment of demand and its related driver have been highlighted by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the National Audit Office, with the latter recommending that "Forces should use a more evidence-based understanding of demand to inform discussions with other public sector partners about future local service delivery".

The day brings together PCCs, senior police officers and executives from the public and private sectors to examine how the calls on the police and their partners can be better understood and costs driven from the system. Industry has an important role to play through its ability to identify and serve customer needs as well as its skills in service delivery. With declining budgets and a proposed new funding formula that may not reflect the true scale of demand, hard choices must be made and the police will have to focus very carefully on prioritisation.

Ticket prices start from £245 +VAT. To book your place click here.