Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has called on the Home Secretary to rethink the cuts following announcements the Force is to lose 50 police staff, 34 PCSOs and a further 58 police officers.
He has written to the Home Secretary asking her to consider the implications for policing and community safety, as well as asking her to rethink the funding of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which, as it currently stands, means forces will face further cuts.
Barry Coppinger said: “The scale of the financial challenge we face is absolutely unprecedented. Working with the Force, I have approved a number of measures to be put in place to make these savings over several years.
“This includes compulsorily retiring police officers after 30 years’ service, outsourcing our business support functions, reducing our non-pay expenditure, restructuring the Force, reducing costs in the Force Executive and PCC’s office and reducing the police staff pay bill.
“But the cuts are too quick and too deep. We are doing absolutely everything we can to minimise the impact on policing and I am extremely concerned about the effect this will have on communities in Cleveland should there be any further savings we have to find.
“I have written to the Home Secretary to ask her to look at other options for funding the IPCC and to consider the impact on policing and community safety. There must be another way forward.”
Click here to read the letter sent to the Home Secretary regarding the Comprehensive Spending Review
Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2013