Police job cuts: Chief constable denies claims

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The chief constable of Thames Valley Police has denied reports that hundreds of officers could lose their jobs.

Sara Thornton spoke out this morning, following reports that one in every 10 police officers in the Thames Valley may have to go.

Chief Constable Thornton added that the force had also made far less deep cuts in recent years than had been in the case in other parts of the country.

She said: “Over many years I have worked with my senior colleagues to minimise the impact of budget cuts on police officer numbers and therefore on the safety and security of the people of Thames Valley. The recent HMIC report, Policing in Austerity, showed that the number of police officers has reduced by two per cent in this Force compared to the national average of 11 per cent.

“While I agree that the prospects for the next spending review are bleak, may I reassure the public that we are not poised to lose 400 officers. We need to find another £20 million of cuts by 2018 but I and the Police and Crime Commissioner will be doing everything we can to find those cuts elsewhere and maintain police officer numbers as much as possible.”