Rutland commissioner believes savings have not affected police performance

Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-140110-122945001
Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-140110-122945001

Almost two years to the day since his election as Leicestershire and Rutland’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader believes people now know how they can hold the police accountable.

“Ninety per cent of people didn’t know police authorities existed,” the commissioner said.

“But as of last week my office had more than 6,000 contacts in two years. Each deserves and gets a response.”

Sir Clive pointed to the Rotherham child sex abuse case as an example of why the commissioner job matters. He said: “It highlights the importance of my role but also highlights how bad the system was before.”

Sir Clive has no say in operational policy, but holds his Chief Constable to account over decisions he makes. During his time in the post, he has overseen cuts and restructuring as the force deals with further drops in Government funding.

But he believes the savings have been made without changing the effectiveness of policing in Leicestershire and Rutland.

“We have reduced the cost of policing because we have had to,” said the commissioner. “But we have maintained performance. Crime is down.”

People can now review the force on the Rate Your Local Police website at www.rateyourlocalservice.co.uk/leicspolice.