500 more police jobs facing axe

Daily Echo: 500 more police  jobs facing axe 500 more police jobs facing axe

IT is the thin blue line that is about to get even thinner as Hampshire police slashes £25m off its budget.

As reported by the Daily Echo yesterday, the force has announced sweeping cuts that could change policing across the county for years to come.

Hundreds of jobs will be lost, police stations will be shut, and roles will be changed as the force looks to save £25m by 2016.

The savings need to be made as required  by the central government's 2013 Spending Review.

It is the second wave of budget cuts following the £55m saving Hampshire police will make up to April this year, with the loss of 456 officer jobs and 520 staff posts.

Now a further 535 officer and staff positions will be axed but the exact numbers of those who will lose their jobs have yet to be finalised as further refinements to the final plans are expected to be made.

Police unions have described the latest saving plan as a “sad day in the history” of Hampshire police.

Among the savings, said Hampshire police, would be a 15 per cent reduction in the number of chief superintendents and superintendents between 2014 and 2016.

The same reduction is planned for chief inspectors and inspectors.

The number of sergeants is expected to be reduced by 23 per cent – the biggest planned reduction across frontline staff.

PCs will be cut by ten per cent but the number of PCSOs – 333 – will remain the same, with no cuts forecast.

Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes confirmed that further under-used and expensive police stations across Hampshire will be closed to make savings from the force’s estates budget.

It is not known which police stations are at risk but Mr Hayes said that the introduction of cheaper beat stations, such as the ones opened in the Northam and Redbridge areas of Southampton, have been a success within the communities.

He added that potential plans for the police to move from its current Winchester headquarters to another location are still being looked at.

Despite the latest cuts, Hampshire’s police force will introduce a dedicated senior police officer in neighbourhoods and prevention teams, redraw boundaries to enable better partnerships with councils and other public sector partners, and introduce intelligence-led services to protect the most vulnerable sectors of society.

The authority also stressed that officers will still respond to the most serious emergency calls as usual and neighbourhood policing will remain a priority.

And officers across Hampshire will become the first in the country to wear video cameras as the force looks to make the most of technology.

The Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, said he hoped that people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight understood that the cuts are not made out of choice, and he fears that further Government cuts could harm the authority.

He said: “We would be making difficult decisions about the capability of response times if there are further cuts.

“There have been £80m of cuts since 2010 when I first arrived and I hope the public will understand that these cuts are not out of choice.

“I hope they will continue to appreciate the outstanding dedication of the police officers of Hampshire Constabulary.

“I believe in policing and I am passionate about it.

“I still believe we can do an outstanding job for the public and protect them.”

He added: “The facts now show that we have no choice but to plan for fewer officers and staff, but unlike some other areas of the country, neighbourhood policing will be prioritised with a dedicated resource.

“This is tangible evidence that the constabulary now understands that its job is to prevent crime and deliver for victims. That can only be good for public confidence.”

However John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, said that the latest cuts will have a “dramatic effect” on policing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

He said: “On top of previous reductions there will now be further considerable reductions of police officer numbers across all parts of policing.

“Response, neighbourhood teams, CID and specialist teams will see their numbers cut to the bone.

“The public should be under no illusion that these further cuts will impact on the service we can deliver.

“We have reached a critical point and I believe there is no resilience left in the system, which is a dangerous place to be.

“The Government must stop and take a long hard look at the damage they have done to British policing. Morale has never been lower, we have no resilience.

“We will now strive to be adequate and the people who suffer will be the public.

“This is a sad day in the history of Hampshire Constabulary.”

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11:04am Thu 13 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

The cuts are inevitable due to the state of the country'so finances however the police (and by that I mean the PC's on the front line) need the support of the public and the management.

Too much of their time is spent dealing with incidents, such as mental health issues and missing youths (by that I mean regular street wise missing kids whose parents can't be bothered to go and look for them or displine them) for e.g., that other professions should be dealing with.

As with everything if parents and the NHS say they have no one to deal with it as always it gets passed to the police. The police management are too worried about risk and blame to turn around and say NO, it's not our responsibility anymore.

It's time the bosses said NO and allowed their officers to deal with crime and the prevention of crime. Now more than ever this has to happen as numbers fall.
The cuts are inevitable due to the state of the country'so finances however the police (and by that I mean the PC's on the front line) need the support of the public and the management. Too much of their time is spent dealing with incidents, such as mental health issues and missing youths (by that I mean regular street wise missing kids whose parents can't be bothered to go and look for them or displine them) for e.g., that other professions should be dealing with. As with everything if parents and the NHS say they have no one to deal with it as always it gets passed to the police. The police management are too worried about risk and blame to turn around and say NO, it's not our responsibility anymore. It's time the bosses said NO and allowed their officers to deal with crime and the prevention of crime. Now more than ever this has to happen as numbers fall. SotonLad
  • Score: 12

11:36am Thu 13 Feb 14

localnews says...

Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies
Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies localnews
  • Score: 8

11:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

westhantsboy says...

Reached a critical point ? You are joking. It's gone way past that. This is all flowered up to make these extra cuts look like a little bit of an inconvenience. Ask any bobby on the street if you can find one left and they will tell you the reality.
Can anyone honestly tell me the difference a crime commissioner has made, can you, really??
Reached a critical point ? You are joking. It's gone way past that. This is all flowered up to make these extra cuts look like a little bit of an inconvenience. Ask any bobby on the street if you can find one left and they will tell you the reality. Can anyone honestly tell me the difference a crime commissioner has made, can you, really?? westhantsboy
  • Score: 14

1:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

andyfidler1966 says...

Has anyone ever actually seen a bobby on the street in the last few years? As it happens I have just been to Southampton Central police station regarding the situation at the Above Bar Street/ Civic Centre Road junction where criminals - erm I mean motorists routinely (I mean there are numerous incidents PER HOUR) run the red lights as pedestrians attempt to cross. On this occasion two pedestrians had narrowly escaped with their lives, and when I ran after the driver to remonstrate with him this law abiding citizen got out of his car and threatened me.

I have an offer to make to the Police Commisioner: If he asserts that crime has been eliminated I'll happily suppoirt his cuts. Waiting...
Has anyone ever actually seen a bobby on the street in the last few years? As it happens I have just been to Southampton Central police station regarding the situation at the Above Bar Street/ Civic Centre Road junction where criminals - erm I mean motorists routinely (I mean there are numerous incidents PER HOUR) run the red lights as pedestrians attempt to cross. On this occasion two pedestrians had narrowly escaped with their lives, and when I ran after the driver to remonstrate with him this law abiding citizen got out of his car and threatened me. I have an offer to make to the Police Commisioner: If he asserts that crime has been eliminated I'll happily suppoirt his cuts. Waiting... andyfidler1966
  • Score: -5

1:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

andyfidler1966 says...

localnews wrote:
Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies
Why? Seriously....why would you want to do that? Our Foreign Aid budget actually helps the country. People brought out of poverty are less likely to - out of desperation - join a terrorist organisation and attack the UK.
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies[/p][/quote]Why? Seriously....why would you want to do that? Our Foreign Aid budget actually helps the country. People brought out of poverty are less likely to - out of desperation - join a terrorist organisation and attack the UK. andyfidler1966
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

localnews says...

andyfidler1966 wrote:
localnews wrote:
Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies
Why? Seriously....why would you want to do that? Our Foreign Aid budget actually helps the country. People brought out of poverty are less likely to - out of desperation - join a terrorist organisation and attack the UK.
So you think we should carry on give Billion's to Countries like China and India and the like in the hope that we will be left alone by Fanatic's LOL get real mate,maybe if we didn't follow the Yanks into every conflict we'd be left alone,or then maybe if religion had a world wide ban there'd be less trouble
[quote][p][bold]andyfidler1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: Another very good reason why Foreign aid should be cut and money pumped back into our own problem's,for a tiny little country we seem to have a lot of finger's in everyone else's pies[/p][/quote]Why? Seriously....why would you want to do that? Our Foreign Aid budget actually helps the country. People brought out of poverty are less likely to - out of desperation - join a terrorist organisation and attack the UK.[/p][/quote]So you think we should carry on give Billion's to Countries like China and India and the like in the hope that we will be left alone by Fanatic's LOL get real mate,maybe if we didn't follow the Yanks into every conflict we'd be left alone,or then maybe if religion had a world wide ban there'd be less trouble localnews
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Linesman says...

When electioneering, Cameron promised that he would be 'Tough on Crime'.

Since being elected, cuts have been made to the Police budget.

Is this being tough on crime, or tough on those that are supposed to be tough on crime?
When electioneering, Cameron promised that he would be 'Tough on Crime'. Since being elected, cuts have been made to the Police budget. Is this being tough on crime, or tough on those that are supposed to be tough on crime? Linesman
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Thu 13 Feb 14

andyfidler1966 says...

Feel free to post where I said anything of the sort 'mate'. Or apologise. The choice is yours.
Feel free to post where I said anything of the sort 'mate'. Or apologise. The choice is yours. andyfidler1966
  • Score: -2

3:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

andyfidler1966 says...

Oh look: Foreign aid money spent at home. Perhaps you would like to see the British unemployment rate go up? http://www.theguardi
an.com/global-develo
pment/2014/feb/13/mi
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Oh look: Foreign aid money spent at home. Perhaps you would like to see the British unemployment rate go up? http://www.theguardi an.com/global-develo pment/2014/feb/13/mi llions-of-pounds-ove rseas-aid-money-spen t-britain andyfidler1966
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

thesouth says...

andyfidler1966 wrote:
Has anyone ever actually seen a bobby on the street in the last few years? As it happens I have just been to Southampton Central police station regarding the situation at the Above Bar Street/ Civic Centre Road junction where criminals - erm I mean motorists routinely (I mean there are numerous incidents PER HOUR) run the red lights as pedestrians attempt to cross. On this occasion two pedestrians had narrowly escaped with their lives, and when I ran after the driver to remonstrate with him this law abiding citizen got out of his car and threatened me.

I have an offer to make to the Police Commisioner: If he asserts that crime has been eliminated I'll happily suppoirt his cuts. Waiting...
You have way too much time on your hands
[quote][p][bold]andyfidler1966[/bold] wrote: Has anyone ever actually seen a bobby on the street in the last few years? As it happens I have just been to Southampton Central police station regarding the situation at the Above Bar Street/ Civic Centre Road junction where criminals - erm I mean motorists routinely (I mean there are numerous incidents PER HOUR) run the red lights as pedestrians attempt to cross. On this occasion two pedestrians had narrowly escaped with their lives, and when I ran after the driver to remonstrate with him this law abiding citizen got out of his car and threatened me. I have an offer to make to the Police Commisioner: If he asserts that crime has been eliminated I'll happily suppoirt his cuts. Waiting...[/p][/quote]You have way too much time on your hands thesouth
  • Score: 4

8:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

southy says...

If theres no money then why £32.6 billion being spen on weapons to attack
If theres no money then why £32.6 billion being spen on weapons to attack southy
  • Score: -3

1:07pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Shoong says...

Linesman wrote:
When electioneering, Cameron promised that he would be 'Tough on Crime'.

Since being elected, cuts have been made to the Police budget.

Is this being tough on crime, or tough on those that are supposed to be tough on crime?
Some of us still remember...

'tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'.

How did that go again..?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: When electioneering, Cameron promised that he would be 'Tough on Crime'. Since being elected, cuts have been made to the Police budget. Is this being tough on crime, or tough on those that are supposed to be tough on crime?[/p][/quote]Some of us still remember... 'tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'. How did that go again..? Shoong
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

southy says...

Lines listen to this man, on Scottish Independence tells a few home truths about what is really going on in England.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=QxtEYR2XK
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Lines listen to this man, on Scottish Independence tells a few home truths about what is really going on in England. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=QxtEYR2XK I0 southy
  • Score: 1

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