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Jobs to go as Cumbria police bid to save £10m

CUMBRIA police will have to cut jobs in a bid to slash a further £10.4m from its budget by 2018.

PROMISE Chief constable Jerry Graham has pledged his commitment to provide a viable independent police force STUART WALKER REF: 50066151F005

The county’s top police officer says shift patterns will have to be reviewed, role definition and deployment of community bobbies looked at and neighbourhood policing teams reduced from 10 to three.

It is believed the force could try to make some cuts through natural wastage as retiring staff are simply not replaced.

Chief constable Jerry Graham has pledged his commitment to provide a viable independent police force.

The force has already delivered savings of £16m by restructuring and changing the way it works while protecting the frontline as much as possible. However, it continues to face major financial challenges and budget forecasts show a further £10.4m needs to be saved by 2017/18.

The areas that are being reviewed also include command and control, criminal justice, administration across the force, printing and front counters.

Mr Graham said: “We are continuing to look at innovative digital and mobile methods of working to help officers remain visible and accessible in their communities. Seventy-five per cent of the costs are on staffing, therefore it is inevitable the majority of future savings may have to be found in operational areas of the business, which will mean a reduction in officer and staff numbers.

“Where appropriate, we will be undertaking public consultation and will be listening to the views of local people. We will keep the public updated on any planned changes that may affect their policing service.

“One particular area of change will involve moving from 10 neighbourhood policing teams to three (North, South, and West) in order to reduce management costs and keep more PCs and PCSOs on the street.

“Community policing remains a priority and there will still be dedicated officers and problem solvers for local communities. Named inspectors will still have responsibilities for geographical areas, and people will continue to receive an effective community service from their local police.

“Change is required due to budget cuts, but I am focused on protecting frontline policing as far as possible. I will continue to work hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live, work, and visit, and provide the best possible policing service we can afford.”

Police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “All the political indicators suggest that the current limitations on public expenditure will continue for a few more years.

“It is essential, therefore, that the future organisation of the constabulary in Cumbria recognises this fact and plans accordingly.

“There are particular challenges for a largely rural county such as Cumbria.”

Have your say

It says it all in the Statement "Cuts through natural wastage as retiring staff are simply Not Replaced". We dont need to be told useless Information, this not what a concerned community wants, we need Informing of what is happening out on the streets & about the crime that needs to be prevented or solved, end of !

Posted by Wally! on 1 September 2014 at 19:02

put a halt to the new station ,get rid of police commissioner now how much would that save,no point in having larger police station if no one to put in them .

Posted by pockets on 1 September 2014 at 17:12

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