The ArgusOfficer numbers to fall as part of £81 million target for police cuts (From The Argus)

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Officer numbers to fall as part of £81 million target for police cuts

The Argus: Officer numbers reduced as part of £81 million target for police cuts Officer numbers reduced as part of £81 million target for police cuts

Police chiefs will make more than £30 million of cuts by 2017 – on top of £51 million it already needs to find by 2015.

Cash-strapped Sussex Police will make up the deficit by reducing officer numbers, shar- ing resources and operations with Surrey Police and sharing offices with other agencies.

Sussex Police’s Operational Delivery Report 2014, published yesterday, revealed the force would be recruiting at least 120 police constables, 120 special constables and 60 police community support officers during 2014/15.

But a spokeswoman said officer numbers would reduce because staff who left during that period would not be replaced, adding: “There is a savings programme that will require reductions and this will be achieved through vacancy management.”

Further savings will be made by continuing to share operations with Surrey Police, including the creation of a new jointly-funded Cyber Crime Unit to tackle the most serious online offences.

Other collaborations planned for the next five years include a focus on back office operations such as IT, human resources and finance to pr vide a “better service at a lower cost”.

Giles York, temporary chief constable, said in the report: “Over the past two years we have increased the extent to which we provide services jointly with Surrey Police.

“The next three years will see us step up the scale and pace with which we do this. 

“We are aiming to align all aspects of our operational and support activities, wherever this is legally or practically pos- sible, whilst remaining accountable to local people.

“One thing we will not be doing is privatising great swathes of policing functions, although working with the pri- vate sector is not new. We out- sourced some custody functions to a private company some years ago.

"We are now considering whether an outside organisation should provide certain business support functions, but this is the extent of our plans at the moment.”

Over the next year the force will aim to make £11 million in savings, which forms part of £51 million of cuts by 2015. From 2015/16 it will aim to make even further savings, up to £32 million, by the end of 2017.

 

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9:44am Fri 25 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan.
cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan. angrymonkey
  • Score: 16

10:29am Fri 25 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

This will be good for crime figures as the less police on duty the less crime recorded,thus the government will say the cuts have made no difference.The public can also not report crime easily as the part time police stations in council offices are only open office hours and as I found out the online reporting form gets ignored.When on a night out these days in brighton you see private security cars used as backup for door security parked where police cars used to park.
This will be good for crime figures as the less police on duty the less crime recorded,thus the government will say the cuts have made no difference.The public can also not report crime easily as the part time police stations in council offices are only open office hours and as I found out the online reporting form gets ignored.When on a night out these days in brighton you see private security cars used as backup for door security parked where police cars used to park. clubrob6
  • Score: 11

12:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

s&k says...

angrymonkey wrote:
cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan.
Some truth here maybe - the car parks in Switzerland are cleaner than our hospitals. Are we subsidsing their lifestyles in Europe?
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan.[/p][/quote]Some truth here maybe - the car parks in Switzerland are cleaner than our hospitals. Are we subsidsing their lifestyles in Europe? s&k
  • Score: 7

3:02pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Hove Actually says...

too many plastic police in the plan, better to sack two and recruit one proper Police Officer
too many plastic police in the plan, better to sack two and recruit one proper Police Officer Hove Actually
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

rayellerton says...

Too many chiefs and not enough indians...A result of over promotion and the simple fact that turkeys dont vote for xmas..
Too many chiefs and not enough indians...A result of over promotion and the simple fact that turkeys dont vote for xmas.. rayellerton
  • Score: 6

6:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

you go to Spain and see all the nice new roads but no money there so maybe are moneys used for this to ?
you go to Spain and see all the nice new roads but no money there so maybe are moneys used for this to ? angrymonkey
  • Score: -2

12:15am Sat 26 Apr 14

michael505 says...

Rediculous. More pressure on serving officers. They don't have enough time as it is and to reduce numbers will make things worse. The Government promise to reduce red tape so what happens it gets worse. MP's continually fiddle their expenses and are they made to cut salaries, are they heck. Soon we won't have a Police force and will have to police ourselves. Why do we give so much money away to foreign countries when we are hardly well off. That money could be used to help NHS, Schools and Police. Vote UKIP.
Rediculous. More pressure on serving officers. They don't have enough time as it is and to reduce numbers will make things worse. The Government promise to reduce red tape so what happens it gets worse. MP's continually fiddle their expenses and are they made to cut salaries, are they heck. Soon we won't have a Police force and will have to police ourselves. Why do we give so much money away to foreign countries when we are hardly well off. That money could be used to help NHS, Schools and Police. Vote UKIP. michael505
  • Score: 2

12:58am Sat 26 Apr 14

Clouded Judgement says...

Numbers to fall further. If they fall anymore there won't be any coppers in Sussex.
What a joke.
I can see more stressed and overworked officers! Why can't the bosses of the Police be truthful to the government and say "we need the money. We are losing officers and we are struggling".

G4S will take over soon.
Numbers to fall further. If they fall anymore there won't be any coppers in Sussex. What a joke. I can see more stressed and overworked officers! Why can't the bosses of the Police be truthful to the government and say "we need the money. We are losing officers and we are struggling". G4S will take over soon. Clouded Judgement
  • Score: 0

1:38am Sat 26 Apr 14

Arrggh says...

There are cutbacks but they still want to spend half a million hosting the MfE this weekend? How does that add up?
There are cutbacks but they still want to spend half a million hosting the MfE this weekend? How does that add up? Arrggh
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why don't they first of all cut back on that useless police commissioner that was "voted" in by so few? Also it's deputy - go on - they do absolutely nothing of any use at all.
Why don't they first of all cut back on that useless police commissioner that was "voted" in by so few? Also it's deputy - go on - they do absolutely nothing of any use at all. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Sat 26 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Arrggh wrote:
There are cutbacks but they still want to spend half a million hosting the MfE this weekend? How does that add up?
what about the 4 million the green mp cost us
[quote][p][bold]Arrggh[/bold] wrote: There are cutbacks but they still want to spend half a million hosting the MfE this weekend? How does that add up?[/p][/quote]what about the 4 million the green mp cost us whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Sat 26 Apr 14

whatevernext2013 says...

angrymonkey wrote:
cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan.
so when you get your in out vote you know were to put your mark
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: cut back after cut back but still send the same money over sea and pay millions a day to be part of the EU that's got lovely new roads good health service with are help as are services go down the pan.[/p][/quote]so when you get your in out vote you know were to put your mark whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

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