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
"The Force is now in a position where it really is going down to the minimum number of people it needs to deliver policing in Cleveland.
“This is exacerbated by the cuts underway in other areas of the public sector which have a direct influence on levels of crime and disorder, and on the demand for policing services.
“This concerns me greatly and it’s time to say to the current government ‘enough is enough’. We are now cut to the bone and this cannot be allowed to continue."
“I do not underestimate the impact our plans will have on individuals, but given the scale of the savings we have to make, regrettably, we have no other option but to downsize.”
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