Norfolk Police confirms 30 officer jobs to go in budget

Thirty police officer jobs are to go in the next year under the latest budget announcement by Norfolk Police.

The £145m budget will see officer numbers reduce from 1,530 to 1,500, with PCSO numbers remaining static.

Council tax precept towards the police is set to rise by 3%, which Norfolk Police Authority said would equate to a 0.4% rise in the public's tax bill.

Police chief constable Phil Gormley said the increase would be invested in its successful Safer Schools programme.

The latest job cuts for 2012-13 form the second year of a four-year savings plan at Norfolk Police, worth £25m.

Norfolk Police Authority, which sets Norfolk Constabulary's budget, said 53 jobs were lost last year.

It said it was still on track to reduce officer numbers by between 150 and 250 posts during the savings period.

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