Hampshire Constabulary to axe 500 officers and staff

Daily Echo: Police to axe 500 officers and staff Police to axe 500 officers and staff

THEY are the sweeping cuts that could change policing across Hampshire for years to come.

Hampshire Constabulary announced today it will axe more than 500 extra officer and staff posts as it battles to save an extra £25m.

The force employs a total of 5543 members of staff, including officers and management roles.

Hampshire Constabulary has announced percentage reduction projections in a number of roles, but has stressed the final totals have yet to be finalised as further refinements are expected to be made as the plans are built.

Hampshire Constabulary said it would look to reduce chief superintendents and intendents by 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016.

The same reduction is planned for chief inspectors and inspectors.

The number of sergeants are 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.

The latest round of proposed cuts follows £55m of budget reductions Hampshire police would have made up to April this year, with 456 officer and 520 staff posts axed.

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 the introduction of intelligence-led services to protect the most vulnerable sectors of society.

The authority also stressed officers will still respond to the most serious emergency calls as usual.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, also confirmed plans are in place to close more community police stations as it looks to save money within its estates budget.

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

Chief constable Andy Marsh said: “Cutting £55m since 2010 has been extremely tough for one of the lowest cost forces in Britain.

“That is why I have been open in talking about the impact on our police officers and staff.

“Saving another £25m means that we have no choice but to make further cuts.

“With fewer people, we cannot just keep piling the pressure onto a stretched frontline. That is why we have fundamentally reviewed what we do, how we do it and what we should not be doing when there is no risk to the public or others are better placed to help.”

Mr Hayes said: “One year ago I set some clear priorities to 'protect people and places' in Hampshire and the Isleof Wight. Since then we have started to dispose of unnecessary and costly police buildings, work with partners to tackle domestic violence, and increase restorative justice to cut reoffending.”

John Apter, the Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation has condemned the cuts.

He said: “The latest round of cuts to the policing budget will have a dramatic effect on policing across Hampshire and the IOW. Police officer numbers will be slashed further and the very structure of the Force will have to change considerably.

"Without these changes to the structure of the Force we simply can not police the streets. We are in a critical situation and drastic action is required”.

“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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1:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Gilse1 says...

why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want?
why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want? Gilse1
  • Score: 33

2:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

B. L. says...

Good grief ! How much more can the government cut back especially on essential services.

Dear Prime Minister,
Last I heard, Hampshire does not have a space programme so stop the aid to India and give it to those who need it most like, let's see, UK ?
Good grief ! How much more can the government cut back especially on essential services. Dear Prime Minister, Last I heard, Hampshire does not have a space programme so stop the aid to India and give it to those who need it most like, let's see, UK ? B. L.
  • Score: 23

3:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

So much for the conservative party being the party of law and order..These cuts along with the other draconian measures that they have introduced will lead to more crime and chaos and anarchy on the streets.David Cameron and his crew of ex public schoolboy toffs are clueless ,The sooner they are defeated at the ballot box the better.
So much for the conservative party being the party of law and order..These cuts along with the other draconian measures that they have introduced will lead to more crime and chaos and anarchy on the streets.David Cameron and his crew of ex public schoolboy toffs are clueless ,The sooner they are defeated at the ballot box the better. CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 14

3:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bigal007 says...

The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts
The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts bigal007
  • Score: 11

3:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

forest hump says...

Stop foreign aid now. Stop benefits to all immigrants now. Including those claiming for children in their host country. Stop paying child allowance after 2 children. Make people claiming job seeker's allowance sweep the streets or somehow earn the allowance. Thin out the politicians at all layers and stop this feathering of own nests practice.
Stop foreign aid now. Stop benefits to all immigrants now. Including those claiming for children in their host country. Stop paying child allowance after 2 children. Make people claiming job seeker's allowance sweep the streets or somehow earn the allowance. Thin out the politicians at all layers and stop this feathering of own nests practice. forest hump
  • Score: 15

4:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

forest hump says...

Oh! and get out of bloodsucking Europe now!
Oh! and get out of bloodsucking Europe now! forest hump
  • Score: 12

4:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

derek james says...

you vote liblabcon at the next election you'll get more of the same
you vote liblabcon at the next election you'll get more of the same derek james
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

skeptik says...

44 forces 349 Chief officers, new HQs costing millions, no reduction a the top they make sure the 'fiefdoms' are kept in being as the front line is cut. Hugely overmanned at the top - whilst stations close and patrols are reduced - the British way?
44 forces 349 Chief officers, new HQs costing millions, no reduction a the top they make sure the 'fiefdoms' are kept in being as the front line is cut. Hugely overmanned at the top - whilst stations close and patrols are reduced - the British way? skeptik
  • Score: 12

4:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Big Mac says...

Any chance of any one of them looking for my stolen car before they're all dismissed?
Any chance of any one of them looking for my stolen car before they're all dismissed? Big Mac
  • Score: 9

5:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Completely crazy idea of reducing number of cops to save money will end up in making Hampshire and I.O.W haven for the criminals, which will cost the society many times more than few quid saved on the wage bill with this policy.
Completely crazy idea of reducing number of cops to save money will end up in making Hampshire and I.O.W haven for the criminals, which will cost the society many times more than few quid saved on the wage bill with this policy. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 12

5:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Velleity says...

Gilse1 wrote:
why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want?
I'll put my head above the parapet.

Because if you ask "the public" what they want, what they want is more spending because the money looks free. Unfortunately, as we're living in the real world, that money has to come from "the public". It's not someone else's money.

Now, I know what's coming next. Tax "the banks", "the corporations", etc, etc. The problem with that is that corporate profits come, in the end, from, er, "the public". So, anything that's spent by government, "the public" pays for.

As a nation we've grossly overspent over the past ten years, and, just like at home, debts have to be repaid. By all means keep asking for no cuts in things that you care about but you need to be prepared to say what you would cut instead.
[quote][p][bold]Gilse1[/bold] wrote: why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want?[/p][/quote]I'll put my head above the parapet. Because if you ask "the public" what they want, what they want is more spending because the money looks free. Unfortunately, as we're living in the real world, that money has to come from "the public". It's not someone else's money. Now, I know what's coming next. Tax "the banks", "the corporations", etc, etc. The problem with that is that corporate profits come, in the end, from, er, "the public". So, anything that's spent by government, "the public" pays for. As a nation we've grossly overspent over the past ten years, and, just like at home, debts have to be repaid. By all means keep asking for no cuts in things that you care about but you need to be prepared to say what you would cut instead. Velleity
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Save the Bobbies

Get rid of Police and Crime Commissioner.
Save the Bobbies Get rid of Police and Crime Commissioner. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 17

5:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Velleity says...

bigal007 wrote:
The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/uploads/sy
stem/uploads/attachm
ent_data/file/116417
/hosb1011.pdf

Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo...
[quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts[/p][/quote]https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/116417 /hosb1011.pdf Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo... Velleity
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mr BCB says...

Paramjit is right we will be left with a skeleton force which will be unable to meet the needs required for good efficient policing. We now never see police patrolling and the local bobby on the beat is becoming a thing of the past. Lets have action before it is too late. That is, stop the further reductions and bring back the system where we see the police patrolling on the streets which is historically our police force.
Paramjit is right we will be left with a skeleton force which will be unable to meet the needs required for good efficient policing. We now never see police patrolling and the local bobby on the beat is becoming a thing of the past. Lets have action before it is too late. That is, stop the further reductions and bring back the system where we see the police patrolling on the streets which is historically our police force. Mr BCB
  • Score: 14

5:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

Time to have a national police service, also do the same for fire and ambulance. Every county has chief, head of 'IT', clothing dept, transport manager, HR dept etc etc replicated 50 times over. Just imagine the savings.
Time to have a national police service, also do the same for fire and ambulance. Every county has chief, head of 'IT', clothing dept, transport manager, HR dept etc etc replicated 50 times over. Just imagine the savings. issacchunt
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

eurogordi says...

Why is Hampshire Constabulary trying to save £25million when Hampshire County Council now has half a billion pounds in reserve?
Why is Hampshire Constabulary trying to save £25million when Hampshire County Council now has half a billion pounds in reserve? eurogordi
  • Score: 11

6:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

befriendly says...

Velleity wrote:
Gilse1 wrote:
why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want?
I'll put my head above the parapet.

Because if you ask "the public" what they want, what they want is more spending because the money looks free. Unfortunately, as we're living in the real world, that money has to come from "the public". It's not someone else's money.

Now, I know what's coming next. Tax "the banks", "the corporations", etc, etc. The problem with that is that corporate profits come, in the end, from, er, "the public". So, anything that's spent by government, "the public" pays for.

As a nation we've grossly overspent over the past ten years, and, just like at home, debts have to be repaid. By all means keep asking for no cuts in things that you care about but you need to be prepared to say what you would cut instead.
Labour got us in this mess knowing full well the present lot would have a an extremely tough time getting us back on our feet. Their political thinking is that we'll be so fed up with what has had to be done they'll be voted in again and with the balance sheet looking much better they can start spending again to get a second term, at the end of which the country will be bankrupt and so the century old merry go round continues with labour the good guys for spending what we haven't got and the tories the bad guys for balancing the books.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gilse1[/bold] wrote: why are there so many cut backs, without asking the Public what we want, instead of the Government telling us what we want?[/p][/quote]I'll put my head above the parapet. Because if you ask "the public" what they want, what they want is more spending because the money looks free. Unfortunately, as we're living in the real world, that money has to come from "the public". It's not someone else's money. Now, I know what's coming next. Tax "the banks", "the corporations", etc, etc. The problem with that is that corporate profits come, in the end, from, er, "the public". So, anything that's spent by government, "the public" pays for. As a nation we've grossly overspent over the past ten years, and, just like at home, debts have to be repaid. By all means keep asking for no cuts in things that you care about but you need to be prepared to say what you would cut instead.[/p][/quote]Labour got us in this mess knowing full well the present lot would have a an extremely tough time getting us back on our feet. Their political thinking is that we'll be so fed up with what has had to be done they'll be voted in again and with the balance sheet looking much better they can start spending again to get a second term, at the end of which the country will be bankrupt and so the century old merry go round continues with labour the good guys for spending what we haven't got and the tories the bad guys for balancing the books. befriendly
  • Score: -7

6:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Copperman says...

Death of your police force. Consider carefully who you want to run this country . CAMERON was and always will be anti police. CUTS CUTS and More cuts. This will only be follwed by Cime Crime and more crime. Governemnt answer. Dont record it and it will show crime has not increased.
Diaster waiting to happen.
Death of your police force. Consider carefully who you want to run this country . CAMERON was and always will be anti police. CUTS CUTS and More cuts. This will only be follwed by Cime Crime and more crime. Governemnt answer. Dont record it and it will show crime has not increased. Diaster waiting to happen. Copperman
  • Score: 8

6:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cmth40 says...

Mr BCB wrote:
Paramjit is right we will be left with a skeleton force which will be unable to meet the needs required for good efficient policing. We now never see police patrolling and the local bobby on the beat is becoming a thing of the past. Lets have action before it is too late. That is, stop the further reductions and bring back the system where we see the police patrolling on the streets which is historically our police force.
i agree and if its the real police to go make sure all the wast of time ans space pcso all go first plus at least half the top dogs in the force plus the new commisionair and he,s waste of money teenager pets
[quote][p][bold]Mr BCB[/bold] wrote: Paramjit is right we will be left with a skeleton force which will be unable to meet the needs required for good efficient policing. We now never see police patrolling and the local bobby on the beat is becoming a thing of the past. Lets have action before it is too late. That is, stop the further reductions and bring back the system where we see the police patrolling on the streets which is historically our police force.[/p][/quote]i agree and if its the real police to go make sure all the wast of time ans space pcso all go first plus at least half the top dogs in the force plus the new commisionair and he,s waste of money teenager pets cmth40
  • Score: 6

6:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

thesouth says...

A lot of police officers are quitting as it's too much of a stressful job, especially when one officer is now doing the work of what would have been 5 officers (and also acting as social workers, parents, teachers, paramedics and everything else that gets put on them) Not only will they save £££ by police quitting, but even more than they budgeted for will quit, which will leave the force with.... No one
A lot of police officers are quitting as it's too much of a stressful job, especially when one officer is now doing the work of what would have been 5 officers (and also acting as social workers, parents, teachers, paramedics and everything else that gets put on them) Not only will they save £££ by police quitting, but even more than they budgeted for will quit, which will leave the force with.... No one thesouth
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Tony S says...

1. They have to recoup the money lost on HQ property deals.
2 Hampshire police run a story like this every year at around this time in an attempt to get more cash.

I don't trust them an inch.
1. They have to recoup the money lost on HQ property deals. 2 Hampshire police run a story like this every year at around this time in an attempt to get more cash. I don't trust them an inch. Tony S
  • Score: -4

9:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

Velleity wrote:
bigal007 wrote:
The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts
https://www.gov.uk/g

overnment/uploads/sy

stem/uploads/attachm

ent_data/file/116417

/hosb1011.pdf

Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo...
Its only decreasing because people know it is often a waste of time reporting. Oh and less drunks roaming the streets now many pubs are closed.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts[/p][/quote]https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/116417 /hosb1011.pdf Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo...[/p][/quote]Its only decreasing because people know it is often a waste of time reporting. Oh and less drunks roaming the streets now many pubs are closed. KSO16R
  • Score: 3

10:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

peasant says...

I just hope people stop voting for the LibLabCon party, their politics stink to high heaven!

We need some more 'common' and more representation in the House of 'Commons' asap!
I just hope people stop voting for the LibLabCon party, their politics stink to high heaven! We need some more 'common' and more representation in the House of 'Commons' asap! peasant
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Velleity says...

KSO16R wrote:
Velleity wrote:
bigal007 wrote:
The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts
https://www.gov.uk/g


overnment/uploads/sy


stem/uploads/attachm


ent_data/file/116417


/hosb1011.pdf

Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo...
Its only decreasing because people know it is often a waste of time reporting. Oh and less drunks roaming the streets now many pubs are closed.
You've commented without reading the report, you naughty thing, you. The BCS isn't about reported crime. It's based on interviews about experienced crime in homes chosen at random, precisely to avoid the problem of non-reporting that you mentioned.

You're mistaking it for "reported crime" figures. Try checking your facts before typing.
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: The worst time to happen when crime is on the up to make these cut backs just Nuts[/p][/quote]https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/uploads/sy stem/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/116417 /hosb1011.pdf Page 15. Take a look. "Crime decreases for 16th year in a row, shock, horror!" - not a headline I've ever seen in the Echo...[/p][/quote]Its only decreasing because people know it is often a waste of time reporting. Oh and less drunks roaming the streets now many pubs are closed.[/p][/quote]You've commented without reading the report, you naughty thing, you. The BCS isn't about reported crime. It's based on interviews about experienced crime in homes chosen at random, precisely to avoid the problem of non-reporting that you mentioned. You're mistaking it for "reported crime" figures. Try checking your facts before typing. Velleity
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

So we have C'moron telling us the economy is recovering. Is it perhaps because we, the working class, are paying for it?
So we have C'moron telling us the economy is recovering. Is it perhaps because we, the working class, are paying for it? Inform Al
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

localnews says...

what a bunch of "plebs"
what a bunch of "plebs" localnews
  • Score: 3

12:56am Thu 13 Feb 14

speedyuk says...

Let's see no money but Mr PCC your on 80k a year also it will take an officer to get hurt or killed before someone takes note I've been told that at Southampton your lucky to get 5 on a shift !!! Worried we as members of the public should be. The police need to start saying no to time wasters and silly reports concentrate in real crime and get rid if these blue smurfs I mean it's a false sense of security someone out in uniform but what can they do um
Nothing no powers waste if money and they start on more money than a newly recruited police officer I'm
Hello !!!!
Let's see no money but Mr PCC your on 80k a year also it will take an officer to get hurt or killed before someone takes note I've been told that at Southampton your lucky to get 5 on a shift !!! Worried we as members of the public should be. The police need to start saying no to time wasters and silly reports concentrate in real crime and get rid if these blue smurfs I mean it's a false sense of security someone out in uniform but what can they do um Nothing no powers waste if money and they start on more money than a newly recruited police officer I'm Hello !!!! speedyuk
  • Score: 0

3:25am Thu 13 Feb 14

Miguel Raton says...

Any cuts should be from the top down. There are too many police forces, too many senior officers, too many ranks and there is too much PC (political correctness - not bobbies). The primary task of the police service should be to maintain order and keep the community safe.
Any cuts should be from the top down. There are too many police forces, too many senior officers, too many ranks and there is too much PC (political correctness - not bobbies). The primary task of the police service should be to maintain order and keep the community safe. Miguel Raton
  • Score: 1

6:04am Thu 13 Feb 14

SotonGreen says...

Who is this moron calling himself crime commissioner ? I am sure no one voted for him.
Who is this moron calling himself crime commissioner ? I am sure no one voted for him. SotonGreen
  • Score: -1

11:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

westhantsboy says...

Police service wrecked, well and truly. Don't take it out on the bobbies you see. They are doing the best they can in the circumstances with no support. This is an absolute travesty.
Police service wrecked, well and truly. Don't take it out on the bobbies you see. They are doing the best they can in the circumstances with no support. This is an absolute travesty. westhantsboy
  • Score: 3

2:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Niel says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Completely crazy idea of reducing number of cops to save money will end up in making Hampshire and I.O.W haven for the criminals, which will cost the society many times more than few quid saved on the wage bill with this policy.
It is already, when they published the item some years ago about there being no reported crime in Eastleigh for 24 plus hours it was on the national news, within weeks we had an influx of criminals from across the country looking for easy pickings. Very quickly followed by lazy coppers who'd never would have been accepted into the Hampshire Police as a new entrant, Hampshire had high standards back then, applying to transfer in for an easy life, bringing their violent Northern ways with them...
A lot of good 'local' coppers got fed up with all this and either moved on or retired.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Completely crazy idea of reducing number of cops to save money will end up in making Hampshire and I.O.W haven for the criminals, which will cost the society many times more than few quid saved on the wage bill with this policy.[/p][/quote]It is already, when they published the item some years ago about there being no reported crime in Eastleigh for 24 plus hours it was on the national news, within weeks we had an influx of criminals from across the country looking for easy pickings. Very quickly followed by lazy coppers who'd never would have been accepted into the Hampshire Police as a new entrant, Hampshire had high standards back then, applying to transfer in for an easy life, bringing their violent Northern ways with them... A lot of good 'local' coppers got fed up with all this and either moved on or retired. Niel
  • Score: -2

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