police cutbacks 'will not affect replacement of Burnham officers'
and Somerset Police have reassured residents in Burnham-On-Sea
that the town's top two policemen will be replaced following their
retirements last month despite major financial cutbacks.
than 200 staff at Avon and Somerset Police are at risk of losing
their jobs as a result of government public spending cuts as the
force has to find a further £15m saving over the next two
years from its annual budget of £277m.
raised concerns that Burnham's Inspector Roger Tolley and Sgt
Ian Kennett - who both
retired from their roles in June - might not be replaced,
hitting police numbers in Burnham and Highbrridge.
police spokesman Wayne Baker told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
can reassure residents that it is our full intention to replace
them both. We are currently in the process of identifying suitable
is still possible in the future, though, that overall staff numbers
at Burnham will be reduced as part of the overall funding cuts.
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says
she will carry out a "full discussion" with residents
about any possible increases to council tax to protect frontline
is no question that cuts of this scale will be painful to the
organisation and will be felt by residents across the region,"
further significant savings of nearly £15m over the next
two years will mean fundamental changes to policing and tough
decisions about what we do in the future."
will also mean fewer police officers and staff, with over 200
more policing posts now at risk to meet the required savings.
Clearly, there are huge challenges ahead, however the priority
remains to keep residents safe and feeling safe and that will
be my focus."
latest cutbacks were announced in the Chancellor's Spending Review
and come on top of 20% cuts already underway.
Phillips, chair of the Avon and Somerset Police Federation, said
the cuts would affect service delivery. "Clearly any more
cuts are going to affect police officer numbers, they are bound
to, and it's bound to affect service delivery. The difficulty
is that we have already had three to four years of this comprehensive
spending review already. More cuts are bound to affect the morale
of police officers on the front line."