PSAEW Responds to the falling number of officers

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Responding to today's figures showing a fall in officer numbers, PSAEW Vice President, Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, said: 'It is very disappointing to see the numbers of police officers falling in such dramatic fashion.

'We were aware that forces were making cuts even before the details of the Comprehensive Spending Review were announced and these figures reflect that stark reality.

'It is most disturbing to think that forces will now have to cut their workforce even further and it appears inevitable now that frontline services will suffer given the level of cuts Chief Officers have to find, particularly over the next two years, in order to balance the books.

'Our members will continue to lead officers and staff to protect communities and last week's reduction in crime shows that their efforts are making an impact. However, resources are clearly being stretched and we must continue to forge strong alliances with our partners in these challenging times to maintain the high level of service our communities currently receive.'

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