police officer jobs to go in Avon and Somerset Police shake-up
than 130 police officers are to be axed across the Avon and Somerset
force area as part of cost-cutting measures.
custody suites are also to close this year, which could impact
Burnham-On-Sea, the constabulary announced on Wednesday.
cuts come as the force looks to save £8million in 2014/15
and critics fear some towns could be hit hard.
134 police officers will lose their jobs over the next 12 months
61 of them police constables and more could go next
year after Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said
it will have to save £12-15million in 2015/16.
is not yet known which towns will be hit the worst but Ms Mounstevens
said the job losses are significantly lower than she first feared.
total, the force has to save £42million over the next four
years to keep in line with the latest Government spending review.
is also looking at making savings by closing 'middle-sized, under-used'
stations, said Chief Constable Nick Gargan.
Gargan said: "We are cutting down but we are cutting down
in a different way because our workforce has told us theres
a different way to do it. We know there will be further cuts ahead."
suites will be closed as a new multi-million pound operations
base opens in Bridgwater this year. It means people arrested in
Burnham could be taken south to be held.
added: "There are some difficult decisions ahead but weve
built an Operating Model solution so were better placed
to find savings now and in the future. So, if its a question
of closing some police stations, or sharing a base with a council
and keeping more officers on the streets then difficult choices
will have to be made."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said she was "very
supportive of the Constabulary's approach" but would be "closely
scrutinising the model".
reviewing the way they operate they are putting local people first
and ensuring policing is responsive to demand," she said.
"The programme will deliver savings which are required over
the next two years."
Philips, chairman of the Avon and Somerset branch of the Police
Federation, said: "I understand why people may be concerned
about crime fears because cuts are invariably going to affect
services. Whichever way you look at it the numbers are shrinking."