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The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police is warning that additional spending cuts will force her staff to grade non-emergency police calls in order of their importance.
The Teesside service has already slashed £15 million from its budget but has since discovered it must make an extra £5 million of enforced savings over the next two years.
It means front line officers are facing redundancy.
Rachel Bullock reports.
Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger has questioned why decisions about Cleveland are being made in London.
Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer has said that finding the £4.8m savings required is difficult and that jobs will be lost.
58 police officers in Cleveland could lose their jobs as part of budget cuts and 50 civilian staff could also go. The force must save another £4.8m over the next two years.
In order to do this, voluntary redundancy and early retirement will be introduced. 280 officers have already lost their jobs.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Force, have outlined their financial plans. The Force has had to make savings of £15.1m. After a review, additional savings of £4.8m must be made. This means voluntary redundancy and early retirement.
Measures put in place to make those savings:
- Police officer recruitment freeze
- Loss of over 300 police officers
- Outsourcing business support
- Reducing expenses
- Use of a more flexible model