Chief constable demands Government cash

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:16 12 May 2010

Julie Spence

Julie Spence

A CHIEF constable is demanding an increase in Government cash because of the pressure caused by the arrival of migrant workers. Julie Spence, the chief constable of Cambridgeshire, said the arrival of migrant works has seen a dramatic change in the compl

A CHIEF constable is demanding an increase in Government cash because of the pressure caused by the arrival of migrant workers.

Julie Spence, the chief constable of Cambridgeshire, said the arrival of migrant works has seen a dramatic change in the complexion of the county.

But police were dealing with the challenge with inadequate resources, she said.

Her comments came as the Home Office launched a migrants impact study which monitors concerns around the country.

Mrs Spence told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme today (Wednesday): "We have been short-changed for a number of years, losing money as the population continues to grow.

"The profile of the county has changed dramatically and this simply isn't taken into account when the Government allocates funding," she said.

Police in Cambridgeshire are now dealing with almost 100 languages which has seen a translation bill of almost £800,000 during the past year.

Mrs Spence said that migrant workers "do not necessarily arrive to commit crime, but they need to be told what they can and can't do."

But she said that police in Cambridgeshire had been rises in crime which could be directly associated with migration.

She continued: "While the economic benefits of growth are clear we need to maintain the basic public services infrastructure which means increasing the number of officers we have."

Immigration minister Liam Byrne told the Today programme that views from people such as Mrs Spence would help shape Government policy.

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