Cuts Watch #231: The police
In recent days there have been several local reports of cuts in police services. In North Kent Chief Constable Ian Learmonth has forecast the loss of 1,000 civilian and 500 police posts as a result of forthcoming budget cuts. And in Lincolnshire, 1,451 operational staff have been sent letters offering redundancy packages. The Scunthorpe Telegraph reports that this means more than half the staff working across northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire are now being considered for redundancy – 2,169 in total. However, Tim Hollis, the force’s chief constable, maintains that the actual numbers to go will be ‘modest’.
In Shropshire, it has been confirmed that 287 roles will be lost over the next three years, including 98 police officer positions. The Coventry Telegraph reports that 1000 police and community support officer roles are to be cut and in Scotland, there are fears that 2,800 officers will be lost across the country.