Police concerned about impact of spending cuts

Reports claim that more than 20,000 police jobs could be slashed as a result of fresh spending cuts. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Reports claim that more than 20,000 police jobs could be slashed as a result of fresh spending cuts. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Thames Valley Police say it is concerned about reports that more than 20,000 police posts could be lost and warn it would have an impact on the service it currently provides.

As we reported yesterday, http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/22-000-police-jobs-could-be-axed-due-to-spending-cuts-1-6936227 the jobs could go as part of a 25% fall in central funding provided by the Government for policing between now and 2020.

Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley John Campbell said: “We are engaged in ongoing consultation with the Home Office regarding the funding formula.

“Clearly a reduction in funding of this level would cause us significant concern and impact on our ability to maintain our current levels of service.”

Shadow policing minister Jack Dromey said he believed that ‘Tory cuts to the police on this scale posed a risk to public safety’ while policing minister Mike Penning countered that ‘police reform is working’ saying ‘that there is no question that the police still have the resources to do their important work.’

Former Thames Valley Police chief constable Sara Thornton, who is now chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council caused controversy earlier this year when she suggested that police may not be able to continue attending every burglary in the face of more cuts.

In a statement earlier this week Ms Thornton warned that ‘fundamental changes’ had to be made to the way policing worked in the UK to avoid failing the public.