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Senior Devon and Cornwall Police jobs safeguarded

The eight most senior roles at Devon and Cornwall Police are being safeguarded, despite planned cuts across the rest of the force, the Police Authority has confirmed.

It said the officers were needed to manage risk at a time of big change.

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said it was not fair to protect those jobs when so many of its members faced losing theirs.

The force is trying to cut 1,000 posts to help save £47m over four years.

Last year, Chief Constable Stephen Otter announced the planned cuts, to be made from a workforce of 3,500 police officers and 3,000 support staff.

'Jobs for the boys'

Mike Bull, of the Devon & Cornwall Police Authority, said cuts at senior levels would be debated at a later date.

He said: "At this critical moment, the judgement we've taken is that it would be right to make reductions in the chief officer group in time. That is the right thing to do.

"However, because of the criticality of getting the continuity of leadership through a massive period of change, this isn't the precise right moment to do it."

Nigel Rabbits of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation said members had "made it clear that we're not happy with it".

He said: "We'll be looking for support from the public.

"The public will surely understand that this is a protection of jobs for the boys, and the loss of officers means a far greater risk to the public of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

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