Saturday 23 September 2017

Police ponder sponsorship deals

Police cars in Nottinghamshire could carry adverts under plans to raise revenue
Police cars in Nottinghamshire could carry adverts under plans to raise revenue

Police cars in Nottinghamshire could carry adverts in the future as the force looks at how to cope with further cuts to its budget.

The plans being looked at by Nottinghamshire Police could see vehicles sponsored by local companies and advertising boards put up on police stations.

Other proposals include closing police stations so that the force can concentrate on getting more officers out on patrol.

It comes as the force prepares for further budget cuts this year.

From April the force's total budget for 2014-15 will be £193.8 million in comparison to £198.6 million for the current year, Nottinghamshire Police said.

Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police Chris Eyre told the Nottingham Post: "We are working to identify whether or not there are opportunities for sponsorship on vehicles.

"It is an option to have 'this vehicle is sponsored by' and then a dealership name.

"Where we have buildings in prominent places, if there are possible spaces for advertising hoardings - we have to look at it on a case-by-case basis. The more we do these things, the more we can protect our service to the public."

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "All these proposals are still very much in their infancy and sponsorship is just one of many ideas we are looking at.

"The force acknowledges that any sponsorship would require tight control by the force.

"But with the budget cuts we are having to look at where we could save money but also how we could bring more money into the force."

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