Cheshire Constabulary was founded in 1857 and serves a population of over one million people spread across a geographic area measuring 919 square miles. Cheshire encompasses areas of great diversity, from large rural expanses to areas of extensive heavy industry and urban areas including Chester and Warrington with their vibrant commercial, retail and leisure facilities.
Cheshire is a place where pockets of extreme wealth contrast with areas which are amongst the most deprived 10% of locations in the country. The county is also home to 53,108 students between the ages of 16 and 74. Both the University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University have major campuses in the county.
Cheshire shares its borders with two major metropolitan areas; Manchester and Liverpool and the international airports that serve these cities are within close proximity. More than 200 miles of motorway and the West Coast Mainline railways run through the county.
In 2013/14 the Force dealt with 340,604 calls for service and recorded 54,905 crimes, a reduction in crime of 3% compared to 2012/13. Cheshire has observed year on year reductions in recorded crime for the previous eight years. Crime rates in Cheshire have fallen by 38% over the last decade.
The Constabulary is Leading The Way to make Cheshire the safest county in the country. The current era of policing is challenging – the nature of crime is changing, budgets are shrinking and you, the public, rightly expect a professional service that maintains the highest standards to keep them safe.
Since 2010, we have made £37m savings, but over the next four years we have to make a further £34m savings from our current budget of £190m (£165m net). In July 2014, we looked at the cost and effectiveness of our current services and, as a consequence, Priority Based Budgeting was introduced. A tried and trusted method involving staff across the Constabulary, this has looked at how we can make ourselves fit for the future – streamlining the way we do things, meeting the challenges of anti-social behaviour and crime, identifying what we can stop doing and which areas need further investment.
We have clear set of commitments that describe the level of service members of the public should expect from Cheshire Police.