Thursday, July 21, 2011

UK: 34,000 police jobs to be axed in country where crime is already on the rise

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said that about 16,200 police officers - more than one in ten - will be axed by 2015 amid fears crime could go up by 3 per cent.

Up to 1,800 community support officers and 16,100 police staff will also go as part of an overall reduction of 14 per cent, the study of 43 forces across England and Wales said.

Protecting frontline policing will be "very challenging" over the next 18 months, inspectors found.

"Forces will have to transform their efficiency if they are to protect frontline services," the report added.

Roger Baker, of HMIC, said it "went without saying" that forces were facing their biggest financial challenge in a generation. (more)