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999 control room to potentially close in North Yorkshire


5:19pm 26th January 2011
(Updated 1:31pm 27th January 2011)

A 999 control centre in North Yorkshire could be closed as part of cost-cutting measures.

The force said it was reviewing its control room provision, with a view to either retaining the existing sites at Newby Wiske and York or closing one.

It is understood up to 100 jobs would be affected if one of the sites closed.

The force said any decision would be based on "maximising efficiency".

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick's told Minster FM the decision's been forced on them.

The move comes on top of plans already announced by North Yorkshire Police to cut 210 staff posts over the next four years as a result of losing up to £11m in government funding.

Commenting on the reports that consideration is being given to moving to one force control room Mark Botham chairman of North Yorkshire Police Federation said:

“We have recently become aware of the proposal however we have not yet been provided with the detail as to why North Yorkshire Police Authority and North Yorkshire Police are considering this.

"We appreciate the impact this may have on members of UNISON and that formal consultation with their representatives is a matter for them, however in terms of the health, safety and welfare of our members and the potential impact on the public we serve we will be engaging with the force and Police Authority in the statutory consultation provided for under health and safety legislation.”

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