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Another 2,000 West Midlands police jobs face the axe

Another 2,000 West Midlands police jobs face the axe

🕔30.Apr 2013

policeA further 2,000 West Midlands police jobs could be axed as a result of Government spending cuts.

The figure was revealed by Police Commissioner Bob Jones, who warned that a continued cull of uniformed officers might send into reverse a recent record fall in recorded crime.

Mr Jones said “alarming” proposals for a further 10 per cent cut in police budgets over four years from 2015, outlined recently by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, posed a real risk that the number of offences in the West Midlands would begin to rise again.

The force budget has already been cut by about 20 per cent since 2011, some £125 million.

In total, 2,200 jobs have disappeared including 1,000 police officers and 1,200 civilian staff.

But the new round of savings planned by the Government would involve reducing the force budget by another £60 million and mean the loss of a further 1,000 police jobs and 1,000 civilian posts, Mr Jones said.

He added that the impact of shedding 4,200 jobs and reducing spending by a total of 30 per cent between 2011 and 2019 could bring about a “tipping point”. Savings would have to be made from budgets set aside for intelligence gathering and crime prevention work and that would send offences spiralling again.

He was speaking at the first meeting of the Strategic Policing and Crime Board, a body consisting of Mr Jones, his deputy Cllr Yvonne Mosquito, four assistant police commissioners and four non-executive members.

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