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PCC Issues Warning To Home Secretary

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Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is seeking assurances from the Home Secretary that there will be no further cuts to policing budgets.

The Cleveland force is currently implementing a programme of cuts to cope with a 20% budget reduction and 270 fewer police officers by 2015.

At a meeting with Home Secretary Theresa May and other PCCs on Monday December 3rd Mr Coppinger will spell out how further cuts will threaten the frontline.

The Home Office meeting comes ahead of the Government’s Autumn statement which could herald further public sector austerity measures.

“It is a credit to the professionalism and dedication of Cleveland’s police officers and staff that we have been able to begin to implement these deep cuts whilst at the same time managing to reduce crime and maintain high levels of public confidence” said Mr Coppinger.

“An enormous amount of work has gone in to restructuring the force to phase in and cope with the budget cuts. There are still some savings to be found but I believe this can be done - just - without axing neighbourhood police teams.

“So we have done our bit but now the Government must do their bit.

“I’ll be making clear to the Home Secretary that the only people supporting further cuts to policing are the criminals.”

Posted on Tuesday 4th December 2012
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