Humberside Police could axe 850 jobs to save £30m

Related Stories

Humberside Police could lose a third of its workforce as it faces making cuts of up to £30m in its budget, the Police Federation confirmed.

Up to 250 officer posts and 600 civilian jobs are expected to be slashed by 2018.

Union Unison said the cuts would have "a massive impact on the community".

The force said it was looking at how to make the savings but admitted "it will inevitably lead to a smaller organisation".

'Huge loss'

Start Quote

We don't believe you can make that many cuts of police staff without severely affecting the service”

End Quote Tony Green Assistant branch secretary, Unison

Police Federation chairman John Blanchard said the force had "already been faced with harsh losses" as the number of employees dropped from about 2,200 to 1,700 staff over the last five years.

"It's potentially a huge loss," said Mr Blanchard.

"The fact is with those kind of numbers you are not going to be able to serve the community the way we should be doing.

"Civilian staff are frontline staff - they include PCSOs, they are the ones who provide the foot patrol, give a visible presence and provide that constant reassurance to the community."

Tony Green, assistant branch secretary for the staff union Unison, said he was aware of the proposals and was "very concerned".

"We don't believe you can make that many cuts of police staff without severely affecting the service given to the public.

"It would have a massive impact on the force and community."

'Identify options'

He said the work done by frontline staff - including PCSOs, control room and 999 call handlers - was invaluable.

"Without them the police officers cannot function," added Mr Green.

In a joint statement, Chief Constable Justine Curran and Humberside Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove said work was on going to "identify options" on how to make the savings but could not provide further details.

"We are involving staff from all parts of the organisation in this work and recognise that it will inevitably lead to a smaller organisation."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Radio Humberside

Weather

Hull

10 °C 6 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage


  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world


  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop


  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show

Programmes

  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.