Police officers moved to East Northamptonshire

An extra 18 officers have been moved to areas in the east of Northamptonshire, the constabulary has announced.

The officers from stations such as Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, are being freed up to base themselves in Rushden and Oundle.

The follows a restructuring of shifts and rotas across the force.

Police said by basing more officers in local stations they will reduce the amount of time required to attend incidents.

At Rushden there are now four sergeants and 22 constables where there were previously two sergeants and 14 constables, while at Oundle there are eight additional police constables in addition to the three officers that were already based there.

Sector commander Insp Vaughan Clarke said: "With the increased number of officers based in Rushden and Oundle I am looking to reduce response times across the area and increase crime detection rates."

Northamptonshire Police announced a recruitment freeze last year and this year said over the next four years 100 post officer posts were likely to go, mostly through vacant posts not being filled.

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