The Metropolitan Police in London, England are facing budget cuts being issued by the government that could result in 8,000 officers being let go from their posts over the next 4-years. My suggestion would be to crackdown on convicted criminals who are refusing to relinquish the ill-gotten gains that came from their unlawful activity. The Evening Standard did an article on the subject this month revealing several hundred million British pounds sterling in funds have not been seized from criminals. That money could go a far way in keeping officers employed and the Met running.
Another suggestion would be to consolidate locations and have officers working more from their homes regarding certain tasks, rather than creating and submitting reports at precincts. This would save on costs associated with the financial management and upkeep of individual police stations (utility bills, building maintenance fees ect).
Police reports and updates could be transmitted via internet over secure, encrypted channels to a protected, dedicated server and assignments could be obtained in the same manner. Officers would be required to maintain a laptop or personal computer with up-to-date anti-virus, anti-malware and a firewall, issued by the Metropolitan Police.
Officers would only be required to come into a precinct in the event of an emergency or for special assignments. Police patrol the streets of London anyway. Therefore, not having precincts in as many areas would not have a tremendous impact and would save money and jobs. It would also streamline the police process, making it as efficient as possible.
Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: London at risk as Scotland Yard faces £1bn budget cuts
Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said his force was faced with massive spending curbs of around £1 billion over the next four years. He declared the savings would mean huge cuts to front line officers and warned they could damage the Met’s ability to prevent and respond to a major terrorist outrage...