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.
“We are keen to make further savings by re-locating other neighbourhood policing teams into the communities that they serve, as this is what local policing is all about. However, we guarantee that no police services will be re-located until we have found accessible bases within the community for neighbourhood teams to work from and they are working well. “I am conscious that local people are feeling the effects of the economic downturn very acutely in our region. We have managed to protect frontline numbers and deliver the savings needed without the public having to pay more.”
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