By George Houpis, Michael Littlechild and Stephen Gifford.
The allocation of funds to police authorities in England and Wales is based on a formula which has been constructed to capture the key drivers of the main activities of the police: crime management, call management, public order and reassurance and traffic management. The formula was based on data from a 1995/96 survey by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), using data on police activity and recorded crime from 1990-92. In this article, the authors argue that the resultingallocation no longer reflects accurately the policing needs of London.
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