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In The News:

BBC News: Police budget cuts detail revealed. 13 December 2010

Guardian: Budget cuts hit police with more than 2,000 officers forced to retire. 29 March 2011

Known Details:

Department Cut
Kent Police Kent’s police force is cutting 1500 jobs- 500 of which will be uniformed officers. The Chief Constable has warned that this will inevitably lead to an increase in crime.
Bristol police community support officers Bristol City Council is planning to reduce funding for police community support officers (PCSOs), which are co-funded with the local police force.From an original team of 132 PCSOs, seven vacancies were left unfilled during 2010, while two additional vacancies are expected by March 2011. This will reduce the size of the team to 123 PCSOs, who will remain in post across the city, deployed in high crime areas.
Bushey Police Station Bushey Police Station looks set to close as part of government spending cuts. High running costs at the station, built in 1884, mean the local policing team is likely to be moved as Hertfordshire Constabulary looks to slash £36 million from its budget over four years.
Dorset Police Dorset Police are cutting 12 police officers and 17 support staff.
Greater Manchester Police Greater Manchester Police will lose a quarter of its staff as it deals with a £134m budget cut from 2011-15.Greater Manchester Police Authority, which oversees the police force, plans to cut 2,944 jobs over four years, including 1,557 civilian posts and 1,387 frontline officers. A recruitment freeze is also planned for 2011/12.By law police officers cannot be made redundant, so the authority expects the savings in frontline officers to come from natural wastage, a recruitment freeze and forced retirement for officers with more than 30 years service.
Hampshire police Hampshire Constabulary plans to axe 1,400 posts – 20 percent of its workforce – including police officers.The force is reducing its budget by £70m (25 percent) between 2011 and 2015. The job losses will see redundancies, positions left unfilled, redeployments and voluntary redundancies.The force, which employs about 6,700 staff, also plans to share and sell buildings and increase collaboration with other forces, especially Thames Valley.

It has already approved plans to scrap its spotter plane and instead share two helicopters with the Sussex and Surrey forces. Plans for a new headquarters were put on hold amid the government cuts.

The plan would see the force restructured with locally-based PCSOs, police officers, special constables and police staff working to a local policing area based around council boundaries.

Leeds Police Community Support Officers Leeds City Council plans to cut its support for local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) by 20 percent. Currently, the council jointly funds five PCSOs per ward.
Leicestershire Police 100 police staff will be made redundant from various areas within the force. The work they undertake is not diminishing and will therefore have to be covered by other police officers and police staff, therefore affecting frontline services.
Lincolnshire Police Lincolnshire Police will lose 70 uniformed police officers over 18 months from October 2010, as well as 80-100 support staff.The job losses are in response to a £20 million funding cut over the next four years, from a current budget of £122 million.Lincolnshire Police currently employs 1,225 Police Officers and 149 Police Community Support Officers across the county. The force hopes to appoint more volunteer police officers.
North Yorkshire Police North Yorkshire Police will have its funding cut by more than £19 million between 2011 and 2015. The force has indicated that more than 500 police officers and civilian staff posts could go. Within this, the force has announced plans to ‘forcibly retire’ 210 police officers during the four-year period, including 105 constables, 58 sergeants, 33 inspectors, seven chief inspectors, four superintendents and three chief superintendents.
Oxhey Police Station South Oxhey’s police station could be closed in a bid to save money. Hertfordshire Constabulary, which plans to save more than £35m over the next four years, has already drawn up plans to close five police stations across the county – one of which has already closed.
Welwyn Garden City Police Plans have finally been submitted for the redevelopment of Welwyn Garden City police station. The station based in The Campus is to be moved to the town centre with its existing building being developed into a care home for the elderly.The capital receipt will be recycled into policing in the area and to reduce the financial impact of budget cuts imposed on the Police Authority as a result of the comprehensive spending review.
South Wales Police The four Welsh police forces are expected to shed 1,600 officers and staff over the next four years with South Wales Police is expected to shed 688 officers and staff between 2011 and 2014. The force is due to lose 256 officers and 432 support staff by the end of 2014-15, including 114 officers and 167 support staff in 2011/12 alone.
Sussex Police Sussex Police plans to cut 1,050 jobs by 2015. 500 of these are expected to be frontline police officers.
Thames Valley Police Service More than 800 police officers and support staff are to be axed as government cuts force Thames Valley Police to rein in its spending.Plans are being drawn up to shed 297 police officers and 556 support roles across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire over the next four years, saving about £47m.The force must cut its budget by 14 per cent following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review last month.

Home Office figures show Thames Valley currently ranks 34th out of 43 forces nationwide for the number of officers per head of population.

West Midlands Police West Midlands Police are looking to reduce numbers of civilian police staff by 1,200 and police officers by 1,100 over the next three years.
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