Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police ask people to rank priorities

People living in the Avon and Somerset police force area are being asked to prioritise what crimes the police should deal with.

The police authority is asking people to rank things such as saving animals, intervening in domestic disputes or dealing with aggressive pupils.

The consultation comes as the police force tries to focus its priorities after 20% was cut from its budget.

The authority said efficiency savings would only go so far.

'Financial challenge'

The authority needs to save £40m over the next four years. Nearly 200 police staff are set to be made redundant.

Avon and Somerset Police Authority chair Dr Peter Heffer said: "I have said before that given the scale of the financial challenge we have to meet it is inevitable that there will be some re-shaping of the service; efficiency and bureaucracy savings will only go so far.

"With 80% of the budget spent on people, the police force is obviously looking at how it carries out its work and we want to make sure that residents are involved in that process."

The survey will be available until 19 August.

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