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More than four hundred posts at Northumbria Police will go as part of efforts to save money following budget cuts.
The Chief Constable of Northumbria has promised not to cut the number of police on the beat, despite millions of pounds of new cutbacks.
The force most save £46 million by March 2017. The savings will include the loss of 430 jobs including at least 200 police officers.
Chief Constable Sue Sim described the cuts as 'devastating' but said they would not have an impact on the force's ability to fight crime. She spoke to Helen Ford:
Northumbria Police says more than four hundred staff jobs will go - including two hundred police officers - and a number of stations are to close. It's part of a bid to save nearly fifty million pounds after cuts to its budget. The force insists public safety wont be affected. Dan Ashby reports.
Northumbria Police will condense six force command areas into three.
- Northumberland and North Tyneside will become NORTH
- Newcastle and Gateshead will become CENTRAL
- Sunderland and South Tyneside will become SOUTH
Northumbria Police has saved £58million since the start of the Government Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010. Now, a further £46million must now be cut. The force will have to make job losses. The Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has said she is conscious people are feeling the effects.
Chief Constable Sue Sim has spoken about why Northumbria Police has to make job cuts. She said neighbourhood policing will be a priority but that staff posts must be reduced.
More than 400 jobs could go at Northumbria Police. The force is looking for ways to save an additional £46million.
That is on top of £58million of cuts which must be made by 2017. Frontline officers will not be affected.