535 police posts to go at Hampshire Constabulary

Basingstoke Gazette: 535 police posts to go at Hampshire Constabulary 535 police posts to go at Hampshire Constabulary

MORE than 500 police and staff posts in Hampshire will be axed as part of a new raft of savings worth £25million.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh outlined the plans today for Hampshire Constabulary in response to the changes required by central government in the 2013 Spending Review.

No breakdown was provided of which of the 535 posts will go, but the force said where possible, savings will be made by not replacing people as they leave, rather than compulsory redundancies.

It hopes to reduce £7.7m by reducing management, and £8.5m by reducing demand, which would include posting experienced police officers in the force's call centre to better prioritise calls.

The force had already made £55m worth of cuts since 2010.

But John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, said that morale amongst officers had never been lower and warned of a lack of resilience.

He said: “The public should be under no illusion that these further cuts will impact on the service we can deliver.

“We have reached a critical point and I believe there is no resilience left in the system, which is a dangerous place to be.”

Outlining the plans in Winchester, Chief Constable Marsh said the force would not move away from community policing and will maintain the 333 police community support officers in the county.

The force plans to work more with councils and other public sector bodies and services will be based on “sophisticated predictive analysis” to better protect vulnerable children and adults.

He said: “Saving another £25m means that we have no choice but to make further cuts. With fewer people, we cannot just keep piling the pressure onto a stretched frontline. That is why we have fundamentally reviewed what we do, how we do it and what we should not be doing when there is no risk to the public or others are better placed to help.”

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said the force had “no choice” but to reduce staff.

He added: “This reorganisation has been five months in the planning. It is robust and deliverable.”

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3:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

laurence86 says...

Why not do away with the police force completely, that way we could save even more money! The government can’t keep taking services away from the taxpaying public forever, whilst keeping taxes so high. The police force is in pretty bad shape at the moment, morale is low and members have lost faith in the police federation. The force is using disciplinary action to remove long serving constables so that they don’t have to pay their full pension. If the police were allowed I am sure that there would be strike action, but the police federation are an easy target for cuts. At least we know that come the revolution the police will be on our side of the barricades. Viva La Revolution!
Why not do away with the police force completely, that way we could save even more money! The government can’t keep taking services away from the taxpaying public forever, whilst keeping taxes so high. The police force is in pretty bad shape at the moment, morale is low and members have lost faith in the police federation. The force is using disciplinary action to remove long serving constables so that they don’t have to pay their full pension. If the police were allowed I am sure that there would be strike action, but the police federation are an easy target for cuts. At least we know that come the revolution the police will be on our side of the barricades. Viva La Revolution! laurence86

8:49am Thu 13 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Why is it with more people living within th U.K. and the majority paying taxe's and therefore making the pot bigger, along with higher V.A.T. on goods can this government think it can keep on cutting our emergency services. Here's an idea, stop sending OUR money abroad to places like India who have enough money to take on a nucleur wepons project, in fact stop sending OUR money to any other country untill ours is sorted.
Why is it with more people living within th U.K. and the majority paying taxe's and therefore making the pot bigger, along with higher V.A.T. on goods can this government think it can keep on cutting our emergency services. Here's an idea, stop sending OUR money abroad to places like India who have enough money to take on a nucleur wepons project, in fact stop sending OUR money to any other country untill ours is sorted. Folkestone Saint

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