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Lancashire Police loses 680 jobs in just two years
9:33am Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
MORE than 500 police officers and 180 police staff posts have been axed in the past two years, it has been revealed.
The job losses have been part of spending cuts ordered by the government as Lancashire police bids to save £42million by 2015.
The force is working towards losing a total of 550 officers and 250 staff — 10 per cent of the 6,000 people employed by Lancashire Constabulary.
The figures came to light after concerns were voiced by Lancashire politicians at the rate of reductions to frontline policing.
Clive Grunshaw, Labour's candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire, said: “These figures confirm that there has been a significant drop in the number of frontline officers here in Lancashire.
“The Tories should be trying to fight crime and support the police. Instead they are cutting your police officers.
“They don’t have a plan to cut crime, only to cut the number of police officers. We need real change from this Government to make our streets safer.”
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) previously estimated that there will be 5,800 fewer frontline police officers across the country by 2015 and in Lancashire HMIC predicted 213 frontline officers would be lost by 2015.
A Lancashire police spokesman said: “Of our estimated cuts, 550, the total frontline figure will be in the region of 405 but a number of these posts are supervisor posts as well as PCs.”
Despite the cuts Lancashire police said it will have a higher proportion of staff working in visible frontline roles than other parts of England and Wales — some 61 per cent of the total workforce.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said: “These next 12 months will be the most difficult we face in the spending review period. We’ve taken most of our reductions out of the budget in the last two years – over £30million. The reality of the impact of this reduction is being felt now with the Constabulary striving to maintain quality services to the public with fewer staff and less money.”