More Police Budget Cuts; More Jobs Lost
16 October 2014, 08:13
Derbyshire Police have told Capital they reckon they'll have to get rid of another 450 jobs over the next 4 years to make their budget work.
It'll be a combination of officers and staff.
The force will have £15m less to spend next year.
It's expected that most staff reductions will involve voluntary redundancies, career moves and not recruiting to fill vacant posts
The Chief Constable Mick Creedon has told Capital that even if you see fewer police officers in the future, many are likely to be investigating more covert crimes, ike paedophilia and modern slavery.
Mr Creedon says there will be fewer police buildings too because officers will use more technology so they can work on the street:
'The level of cuts that the police service is dealing with is totally unprecedented in my 35 years of service.
'We have already lost more than 450 officers and staff through the first four years of the austerity programme and we anticipate a similar number over the next four years.
'It is a stark fact that within four years the Derbyshire Constabulary will probably be a similar size to what it was some 25 or 30 years ago. It is impossible for this not to have an impact on the way we deliver policing to the one million people who live in Derbyshire.
'Society has changed and the demands of the public are ever increasing. The type of crime that we are now dealing with is hugely complicated, particularly given the explosion in technology and the fact that virtually all types of crime can now be facilitated using the internet.'