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Greater Manchester Police staff to receive redundancy notices

More than 200 Greater Manchester Police staff will receive compulsory redundancy notices on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) approved the issue of 218 notices at a meeting earlier.

The force said it will try to see if it can redeploy the staff, who carry out operation support functions.

Serving police offices cannot be made redundant but more than 200 officers who leave or retire will not be replaced as part of GMP's cost cutting.

The redundancies are part of a force review, which involves the reduction of 582 police staff posts and 255 police officers posts.

GMP has to reduce costs after its funding was cut by 4% a year.

Paul Murphy, chairman of the GMPA, said: "There are currently 231 vacancies across GMP and we will continue to work closely with the force and trade unions to redeploy as many staff as possible so that those who want to remain with the organisation have the opportunity to do so."

He added: "This is a very challenging time for the police authority and the force as we find savings of £134m over four years."

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