Cuts to police and PCSOs is deferred

POLICE chiefs have announced they will use the force’s cash savings to ‘defer’ the loss of 20 police officers and five PCSOs for at least another year.

As part of a four-year financial plan, which includes plans to save £12.7 million, Northamptonshire Police bosses had set a budget which included plans to cut 100 police officers and 25 PCSOs over the next four years.

More than 300 police staff jobs are also facing the axe.

After weeks of discussions, however, the force has now revealed it will postpone some of the cuts until next year, when the new crime commissioner will be in post. The announcement comes as Northamptonshire County Council prepares to slash funding for PCSOs next year.

Deirdre Newham, chairman of the Police Authority, said: “I am very pleased to announce that additional savings have been made by the force this year, which will enable us to consider deferring the reduction of five PCSO posts and 20 police constable posts by 12 months.

“These are not roles to which local authorities have contributed, but ones which we had previously announced would have had to be reduced this coming year in order to balance an ever-decreasing budget.”