Police Chiefs in Cumbria say cuts to officer numbers are inevitable.
Bosses say they are looking at ways to make savings of more than £10million pounds over the next four years. The force has already had to make cuts of more than £14million and Chiefs say they have no option but to look at cutting jobs.
Jerry Graham, Cumbria's new Chief Constable, has said that the police will need to make further savings of £10.4million by 2017 to 2018.
Cumbria Constabulary have already saved £16million by changing the way the force works. Despite having to make cuts, Jerry Graham is still committed to providing the 'best possible policing service':
'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.
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.'
The areas that are currently being reviewed are:
- Shift patterns
- Neighbourhood Policing Team structure
- Community safety delivery
- Role definition and deployment of PCSOs
- Command and control
- Criminal justice
- Administration across the force
- Front counters
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People are being invited to have their say about the future funding of the police service in Cumbria.
Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, is giving people eight weeks to offer their opinions about levels of council tax.
It is estimated that 14% of the local council tax bill goes to pay for the police service. It is the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner to decide whether the amount of council tax is increased or frozen each year.
Most of the funding for the police budget comes from central government, supported by the council tax precept, the police's own financial reserves and money that hadn't been spent in the previous year's budget.
The Crime Commissioner plans to host a variety of events including public meetings, online meetings and online surveys.
'Part of the rationale for Police and Crime Commissioners was that they would represent the public and enable people to have a voice in policing. This why I am going directly to the people of Cumbria to get their views about the future funding of policing through their council tax payments.'
Police are concerned for the safety of a missing man from the Whitehaven area.
Richard Manners, 18, was last seen outside the Candlestick pub on Tangier Street, Whitehaven at 10pm last night. He is described as being of slim build, with short brown hair and speaks with a North East accent. It is believed he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.
People in Cumbria are being asked how offenders of certain low level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with.
From this autumn victims of this type of crime will have a say in the sanction given to the offender by the police from a list of Community Remedy options.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, has today launched a consultation period which asks people in the county for their input of what the options should be.
Some of the ideas to tackling disorder include victims meeting offenders, and offenders repairing damage to property.
“Putting victims at the heart of all our work is something that I have advocated from day one, and I welcome the opportunity to engage with people on the Community Remedy options to reinforce this commitment.
“I would urge as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on this important change by completing the questionnaire."
Have your say. Complete the Community Remedy questionnaire.
Following the consultation, Mr Rhodes will draw up the Community Remedy document and agree it with the Chief Constable, before it is published in October.
Police are appealing for information about a missing 16-year-old boy from the Workington area.
Kai Cartwright was last seen on Alexander Close, Workington, at 9:20pm on Tuesday 19 August.
Kai was wearing a dark coloured Adidas hooded top with three blue stripes on the arms, dark jogging bottoms, and black footwear. He is about 5ft 9 " tall, of slim build with short dyed blonde hair and has a diamond earring in his left ear.
Anyone with any information are asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101.
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Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has been holding a public surgery today, Wednesday 20 August, in Penrith.
Richard Rhodes say the surgeries allow locals a chance to highlight their concerns about policing in the county.
He's holding another surgery in Carlisle tomorrow, followed by ones in Maryport, Kendal, and Alston.
A 22-year-old man has been cautioned in connection with racial harassment following tweets aimed at a Carlisle United football player.
The tweets were published on the Wednesday, 12 February. It's believed they were directed at United defender Courtney Meppen-Walter.
Police traced the tweets to man from the Lincolnshire area. The man was interviewed and subsequently cautioned.
“Cumbria Constabulary wishes to reassure the general public that we will not tolerate any such comments on social media platforms and will actively investigate any such behaviour.
“Just because something is published online or on social media does not mean it as treated any less seriously as if it were said to a person’s face.”
Anyone who feels they are a victim of harassment online is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.