February 9, 2011
in Burnham-On-Sea braced for cuts in cost reduction exercise
in Burnham-On-Sea are braced for job cuts after Avon and Somerset
Constabulary announced it is shedding nearly 200 members of civilian
staff and 40 police officers over four years.
In unveiling the £40m of cuts, Avon and Somerset Police
Authority also said on Wednesday (February 9th) there would be
a recruitment freeze and the force helicopter would be used less
following a 20 per cent reduction in government funding.
Setting its 2011/12 budget, the force also said a call centre
would close. Chief Constable Colin Port described it as a "dark
day" for his force.
A total of 44 staff who provide administrative support for Police
Community Support Officers (PCSO) are among those who are losing
Mr Port said: "The decisions that have been taken today
are not just about money. They are about people's lives, and I
deeply regret the impact they will have and the good people we
will lose as a result."
police precept on council tax bills across the force area will
remain frozen at £168.03 per household.
Dr Peter Heffer, Chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Authority,
added in a statement: "We know through our consultation that
people are prepared to pay more for policing, however they shouldn't
"Today, we would have had to implement an excessive precept
beyond what people wanted, if we were to counter the raw deal
He added: "There are challenging times ahead and tough choices
will need to be made as we consider areas for further spending
reductions over the next four years."
Avon and Somerset Constabulary employs 2,500 civilians and 3,200