Leonie Cooper AM: I would like to stay on the subject of resources, if I may.
Before I turn to that, I just wanted to say something and to echo Assembly Member O’Connell. I meet regularly with Sally Benatar, who is the South West Basic Command Unit Commander, and with her predecessors, Richard Smith, Peter Laverick, Steve Wallace and so on. They will be absolutely fantastic, and I can see the work that is being done just in that area of transformation, let alone all the stuff around new technology and increased use of 101. The police are really stepping up and I feel really confident that you have some excellent officers who are really pushing through in quite an intense period of change.
It makes it really hard for them that it is all being done in the context of very constrained resources, and that is something that has continuously come up since I was elected in May 2016, that resources are very small. I noted what you said to the Home Affairs Select Committee, which was that we see a huge rise in expectations and demand that is putting a massive strain on our people, and it cannot go on without hard choices being made: either more money comes in, or the money is smaller, or we have to have a greater appetite for risk.
I would like to ask the Mayor, after the really bitter disappointment of the budget, do you agree with the Commissioner that we need to move in one of those three directions?