Report says taxpayers pay £1m for each bobby on the beat

A new survey claims it costs taxpayers almost £1m for every police officer on the beat in Northamptonshire.

The Taxpayers Alliance report compared how many officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are “visible and available”, which is the best measure of the extent to which a police force can get officers out on the beat.

The report found that nationally only 11.8 per cent of officers and PCSOs are visible and available to the public at any one time. This works out at £792,851 per year for every visible and available officer. In Northamptonshire it costs £955,968 per officer, one of the highest in the country. Northumbria spends £475,459 per officer.

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “In preparation for my first budget and Police and Crime Plan I am looking across all departments at the way we use our resources, which is mainly our amazing officers and staff.

“It’s my job to ensure we are using our money efficiently. But it’s vital to remember that a lot of policing, while not very visible, is still front-line like the protection of children.”