84% of public respondents do not know how their police force intend to deal with cuts.


HMIC‟s survey identified that the public were largely unaware of the decisions forces are making as they respond to the budget challenge: 62% of respondents were unaware that their force had a reduction in their budgets, and 84% of respondents did not know how their force intended to deal with these cuts. Of those who were aware of the budget reduction the main source of this information was either newspapers (47%) or television (34%). Against this backdrop it is perhaps not surprising that the public have limited tolerance for some options forces are pursuing to reduce costs while maintaining services.