An error in the formula used to calculate cuts to police forces "undermines the credibility" of the cuts, according to Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Richard Rhodes says the mistake, which was spotted by Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, could mean extra cuts of £5.8 million for Cumbria Constabulary.
Those extra cuts would bring the total Cumbria Police is set to lose, under the Police Funding Formula, up to £15.3 million.
That would mean a total budget reduction of £31.8 million, rather than the £26 million, which Chief Constable Jerry Graham had previously warned was calling the force's viability into question.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £1,074,466 of funding to support three of the force's projects.
The money will come from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund.
The following projects will benefit:
- £247,991 for the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service, which will expand services for victims of sexual abuse, and encourage victims to come forwards.
- £306,020 for Turning the Spotlight, which will work with families and young people to reduce hate crime and domestic abuse.
- £520,530 for the development of the Cumbria Strategic Co-ordination Centre, which will help police and partner agencies to work together.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner will today raise questions about how sexual violence and child exploitation are being tackled in our region.
Richard Rhodes has previously pledged to address these issues.
He will now discuss them in more detail at the force's monthly meeting.
A new CCTV scheme for Cumbria has secured the £539,000 needed to get it off the ground.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes applied to the government for the cash boost.
The scheme once up and running would provide county wide CCTV coverage run from police headquarters in Penrith.
It's hoped that the new CCTV system will help fight anti social behaviour.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a Community Fund, to support projects aimed at reducing crime.
Charities, voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for up to £10,000.
The Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said:
" .. I am firmly committed to local communities being the right place to provide solutions to local issues."
Mr Rhodes has set aside £1000,000 a year over the next four years for the Community Fund.
It is exactly a year since Cumbria's first Police & Crime Commissioner took up his role, and in an interview for ITV Border tonight he speaks candidly about some of the difficulties he has faced.
Richard Rhodes' time in office has to some extent been overshadowed by a row over his expenses after he claimed seven hundred pounds for chauffeur driven work trips.
The year has also seen the lengthy suspension of the former temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde. Mr. Hyde was subsequently cleared of misconduct but left the force today for his retirement.
Reflecting on his first year in the job, Richard Rhodes told Ryan Dollard it has not been an easy one:
One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.
The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.
However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.
Tim Backshall reports.
The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.
Police in Cumbria have released the following statement in relation to news that a woman who works for Cumbria Police, will not face criminal action over an alleged leak about the expenses of Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes.