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Hundreds of jobs in danger at Essex Police
3:15pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
ESSEX Police need more volunteers to help police the streets after announcing £36million in cuts.
The force has already lost more than 1,000 staff, including 400 police officers, as part of its bid to save £42million.
Further Government cuts mean those in charge need to reduce the budget by another £16million at the same time as coping with a predicted £20million rise in costs.
It means hundreds of jobs are at risk.
Whole sections may be lost with no area safe however the precise details have yet to be confirmed.
During the last round of cuts the mounted unit was cut and many station front counters were either closed or put on reduced opening hours.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "We have a professional and experienced workforce who are working hard to identify areas across the policing landscape where savings and further efficiencies can be made.
“There will be difficult decisions ahead and we will become a smaller police force with fewer employees.
“We will assess a wide range of areas including demand management, attendance and productivity and will ensure that the communities we serve are kept as informed as possible.”
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, added: "I have been working closely with the Chief Constable to develop an ambitious and coherent strategic framework."
Essex Police must continue to be visible, responsive and close to communities, whilst disrupting and dismantling organised criminal networks.
“We must consider opportunities for increased collaboration and new sources of funding, and for increasing efficiency through innovative use of new technology, whilst always remembering that the core purpose of Essex Police is to keep the people of our county safe as effectively and professionally as possible.”
Nine core principles are being used to make decisions about what units or areas will be cut including expanding the Special Constabulary to make up for some of the loss of paid staff and officers which is inevitable.
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