The responsibility for determining the deployment of resources to manage and respond to crimes and local community priorities rests with Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, operational leaders and local representatives.
The Government understands that police demand is changing and becoming increasingly complex. The Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service spoke to every force in the country before reaching a comprehensive funding settlement. This settlement includes an increase in total investment in the police system by over £460 million in 2018/19, including £280 million from increases in Council Tax precept income. I understand that PCCs are using this precept flexibility and have presented plans to protect or improve frontline policing.
Since the 2015 Spending review, police numbers have been relatively stable. The Home Office is working with the police in order to put forward evidence for the next Spending Review which will help ensure that the police receive the resources they need to complete their vital work.
I believe a Royal Commission into policing would be a significant undertaking, requiring a great deal of time and resource. Instead, I think it is right that the Home Secretary supports the police sector to set its own strategic direction. You may be pleased to know that public investment in policing is growing by over £1 billion from £11.9 billion in 2015/16 to £13 billion in 2018/19. This funding includes investment in counter-terrorism policing, local policing and funding for national programmes.