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More concern over cuts at North Yorkshire Police.


6:10am 19th January 2011

Claims frontline policing won't be dramatically reduced in North Yorkshire has been rubbished by the Police Federation.

Last week Minster FM announced a 90 day redundancy consultation got underway for staff on the force.

And Chief Constable Graham Maxwell said "the frontline will be the last place effected."

Now Police Federation Chairman, Mark Botham, calling for more clarification of the cuts.

In light of yesterday's press release from North Yorkshire Police about the impact of spending cuts, North Yorkshire Police federation reponded:

We are no strangers to cuts. By 2001 / 2002 North Yorkshire police were approaching 50% of operational officers assaulted in any one year.

Comparing Home Office figures with North Yorkshire Police projected officer and police staff numbers for 2014/15 we find the following:

2000 - 2014/15 = increase of  0.86%  in police officers and an increase of 125.6% police staff;

2007 - 2014/15 = decrease of 21.77% in police officers and a decrease of 1.6% in police staff.

So how can that not affect the front line service delivery? Particularly when Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), UNISON, Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), Civitas and the shadow Home Secretary all believe it will.

We also urge people to remember the following:

1.    We police the largest single county in England and Wales with over 6000 miles of road AND the population is expected to increase by 2033 in Selby by 27.1%, York by 26.2%, Richmondshire by 20%, Craven 18.3%, Ryedale 17.8%, Harrogate 17.7%, Scarborough 13.1% and Hambleton 11.7%.;

2.    In comparison to other forces our police officer cost per head is lower than average, with our overtime payments for police officers being the second lowest in the country;

3.    Staffing in CID in particular is already very much below the national average.

4.    Staffing in training is below the national average.  It is the third lowest in the country, and has reduced by 25% since 2006. Any further reduction in police officer numbers must see an increased investment in training for them - especially given the skills gap the removal of experienced officers will leave.

And that is why the Joint Branch Board have concerns over the proposed reduction in police numbers over the next four years and the impact this will have on the policing of North Yorkshire and the City of York."

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