Police chief calls for rethink after authority axes funding

South Yorkshire Chief Constable Med Hughes
South Yorkshire Chief Constable Med Hughes
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SOUTH Yorkshire’s Chief Constable Med Hughes has questioned a decision by the county’s Police Authority to withdraw funding to an influential body he is a member of.

The county’s highest ranking officer is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers which helps set policing policies at a national level.

South Yorkshire Police, like others across the country, has traditionally paid an annual subscription to ACPO towards the cost of running its headquarters and administrative overheads.

But now a number of police forces have decided to stop their donations to ACPO in the face of major funding cuts.

South Yorkshire Police Authority, which oversees the way South Yorkshire Police is run and funded, has decided to stop its £19,000 subscription.

Chief Constable Hughes has now asked members to reconsider their decision.

Charles Perryman, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “South Yorkshire Police Authority made a number of difficult decisions around affordability when setting both the Authority and force budgets for 2011/12 at its meeting in February.

“In line with a number of other police authorities a decision was made to cease funding the £19,000 per annum subscription to support ACPO Secretariats.

“The Chief Constable has asked the Authority to reconsider this position and the Authority is awaiting the results of national review before any further deliberation.”