Police start job-cut process

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SCARBOROUGH could see fewer police on the streets as North Yorkshire Police are in the process of a 90-day redundancy consultation.

The decision to reduce police staff posts over a four-year period was prompted by the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review which led to drastically reduced Home Office grant funding for police forces.

North Yorkshire Police will have to find savings of between £9 million and £11 million in the next two years and the funding gap by 2014/15 is estimated to be more than £19 million.

Grahame Maxwell, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, who is leading the change programme said: “The decision to make hard-working and dedicated members of police staff redundant is one that I had never wished to make. It certainly is not one that has been taken lightly.

“However along with every other public sector organisation in the country, we find ourselves in unprecedented financial circumstances which has left us no option but to reduce staffing levels as part of our wider plan to balance to budget come 2014/15.

“Despite the significant challenge that we all face, I am confident that the plan of action we have put in place will achieve nuimber one priority. That is to provide a high-quality policing service for our communities in North Yorkshire for years to come.”

As police officers cannot be made redundant, Regulation A19 of the Police Pension Regulations may be utilised to ensure those officers up to Chief Superintendent rank retire from the force after achieving 30 years’ pensionable service.

The process started on January 1 this year and will last until March 31 and initially involved high-level consultation with force UNISON representatives which will be followed by senior managers undertaking formal discussions with staff about hwo the proposed changes could impact on team, unit and individual levels.