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Cuts of £2.8m to local policing in Nottinghamshire

Cuts of £2.8 million to local policing in Nottinghamshire will be made in the year 2015-16, leading to the loss of 72 Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) across the county - almost a quarter of the current PCSO workforce.

72 PCSOs will be lost across the county as part of the cuts Credit: PA

The cuts have been strongly opposed by UNISON, who is urging Paddy Tipping, the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to reconsider his decision. The union says the cuts will have a "devastating effect on the vital community policing in which PCSOs play such an integral role".

UNISON will be campaigning vigorously against these cuts.

We sympathise with the Force... but we are equally aware that the PCC's own consultations show 67 per cent of residents said they would be willing to pay more for policing and 82 per cent did not support local policing cuts.

– Dave Ratchford, UNISON Head of Police and Justice for the East Midlands

UNISON is the largest public sector union and represents approximately 200 PCSOs in Nottinghamshire.


East Midlands PCCs call for police budget cut re-think

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire PCCs are calling for a police budget cut re-think Credit: ITV Central

Two of the East Midland's newly elected police and crime commissioners say they are willing to take on the government over cuts to police budgets.

Derbyshire's Alan Charles and Nottinghamshire's Paddy Tipping will be meeting the Home Secretary today along with the other commissioners.