Cumbria Police staff offered voluntary redundancy

Craig Mackey
Image caption Chief Constable Craig Mackey said compulsory redundancy was still an option

A voluntary redundancy scheme has opened up to all Cumbria police staff.

The force has to cut its budget by £18.7m over the next four years as part of the government's spending review.

It said this was a 20% budget cut in real terms. Police staff numbers will drop to 600 by March 2012, a reduction of 235 posts since March 2010.

About 100 police officer jobs will also be axed. The constabulary has had a recruitment freeze since July 2010.

Chief Constable, Craig Mackey said: "Work has been taking place for some time to identify how we can reduce the number of police staff posts.

"Additionally, there are a number of consultations currently underway with staff."

He added that compulsory redundancy would continue to be used "after all other avenues have been exhausted".

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