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.
“Neighbourhood policing will remain the cornerstone of how we deliver service and I remain committed to protecting, as far as possible, the officers and staff who are visible in our communities. This includes 24/7 response and neighbourhood policing teams, including CSO Patrol and the detectives who work in our neighbourhoods."
“We will need to reduce police staff posts by approx 230 across a range of areas by April 2017 but have already identified 80 vacancies and hope to achieve as many as possible through natural turnover. “The new structure will also allow us to reduce approx 200 senior management and supervisory police officer roles, again through natural turnover. We will continue to recruit police constables to fill frontline vacancies as they arise."
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