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Front line policing could suffer in North Yorkshire.

Front line policing could suffer in North Yorkshire.

5:52am 10th November 2010

Frontline policing will be hit by a 20% cut in Home Office funding, according to one of the city's Police Authority representatives.

Although the Government expects all of the cuts to be met by back office reductions and waste reduction, Labour's Coun. Ruth Potter disputes the assertion that it will not impact on the number of officers on the street.  She says:

"The Coalition has even acknowledged that there will be some reduction in Police officers and in PCSOs, but when you look beyond the spin, of course there will be more of an impact on street policing than it is saying.

"The public really respects the job PCSOs are doing, but my worry is that due to unequal terms and conditions, that they will be the first to go.  As elected representatives who understand what is going on in our communities, we see how neighbourhood policing works and want to see it sustained.  I will fight to safeguard PCSOs, who do a valued job right across our communities".

Early analysis following the Government cuts suggests that for North Yorkshire Police the numbers of PCs could fall by between 100 and 120, PCSOs could be cut by 50 to 60 and other staff by 350, between now and 2015.

Although voluntary redundancies are being sought for police staff and PCSOs, the situation with PCs will depend on the 'shift review' a reorganisation of policing. 

But even more problems lie ahead, says Coun. Potter:

"I've concerns that the Government is attempting to shift the burden of funding the police from Government to local taxpayers, which means more increases in the police precept part of council tax and higher tax bills for local people.

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