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Major shake-up of police force to safeguard service
11:42am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Crime
THE head of Hampshire police has warned there are “tough decisions ahead” after revealing a major shake-up in policing across the region.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh announced sweeping changes as the force attempts to safeguard the service and public safety amid budget cuts.
The announcement was made following a meeting with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes yesterday morning.
He revealed focus will be placed on prevention and neighbourhoods, response and patrol and investigation, as well as a reshuffle of leadership roles.
Mr Marsh said the new structure is the “only viable way” to deliver the £25m the force needs to continue its sustainability to staff.
From November 1 four new leadership roles will be created to oversee the development of future plans.
He said: “It will surprise nobody that there are tough decisions ahead.
“What I am not prepared to do is to continue in a direction that is unsustainable, risks public safety and locks in unreasonable pressure on staff and officers.
“We have to look properly at the benefits of doing things differently, understand and assess the risks attached, use this to make decisions, and then be open and transparent about what this means in terms of what we can (and can’t) deliver for the public.”
The statement did not reveal any potential job losses but in August he told the Echo there would be more job cuts.
John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: “These are bold plans by the chief constable and police crime commissioner.
"However, we need drastic action to cope with the increasing budget cuts Hampshire Constabulary faces.”
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