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GMP to lose 750 jobs in two years

Chief constable claims enforced £134m budget cuts will not affect front line service

Published on November 15th 2010.


GMP to lose 750 jobs in two years

Greater Manchester Police claims cuts in staff will not affect frontline policing, despite the force needing to save £134m in the next four years.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy said the force would have to cut 750 jobs between now and 2012, including a reduction of police officer posts by 309 and 244 back office positions.

“The officers in those roles will be moved to frontline policing as officers cannot be made redundant,” he said. “While the situation is obviously unsettling the end result will be more resources put into frontline policing and a more efficient and effective service for the people of Greater Manchester.

"The report to Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) outlines the projected savings of £134 million that are likely to be required over the next four years. As the majority of our money is spent on staff it is inevitable that there will be an impact on our people.”

Fahy said reducing the corporate costs of the force was ‘at the heart’ of a recent efficiency drive that was also ‘focused on frontline policing.’

“The force, as with other public services, is facing a big financial challenge,” he said. “There is a wider programme to modernise the Force that has been underway for some time. It is making changes that are improving our performance in tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and increasing public confidence.

"We will be doing everything possible to support those affected and find them other roles within the Force and while approximately 400 posts will be lost we are hoping most will be through voluntary redundancy and staff being moved to vacant posts.”

The GMPA will hold a special meeting on November 22 to discuss the impact of the cuts.

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John HarrisNovember 16th 2010.

I'm sure the cuts won't affect front line service, since we don't really have any front line service anyway.

This is largely a result of transferring custody out of town so that any arrest takes up vastly more time than it did.

I'm sure I heard somewhere that on an average night nowadays there are 6 officers on duty in the city centre.

Kevin PeelNovember 17th 2010.

The cuts this government are forcing in the police are ill thought out and hugely damaging. The loss of such large numbers of officers will inevitably have a huge impact on frontline policing and the safety of our streets and I'm very worried what this will mean for the hugely successful neighbourhood policing strategy. Also, I hear funding for PCSOs is only guaranteed for another year. What will happen to Greater Manchester's 800 community support officers after that? They're a vital link in to communities. It's all very worrying indeed.

Grandmaster FlashNovember 17th 2010.

too much, too many people, too much hahaha...

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