Spending cuts 'to hit frontline policing' in Lancashire

Lancashire's chief constable has said frontline services will no doubt be affected by government cuts to its budget due to be announced in October.

The Police Federation has said up to 40,000 police jobs could be axed across England and Wales.

The Lancashire force is bracing itself for budget cuts of 25%, which could mean losing £50m between now and 2014 and up to 1,000 jobs.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said the force will be challenged by the cuts.

The Police Federation has already suggested up to 600 of the 1,000 jobs under threat in Lancashire will be police officers, whose jobs will be lost over four years.

The force is expected to end 24-hour helicopter support and reduce roads and intelligence units.

It is also having to look at whether it will have to close down some police stations in order to cope with the budget cuts.

Mr Finnigan said: "There is no doubt that with 1,000 or so fewer people we're going to be really challenged to continue to deliver the sort of services that we've delivered over the last few years.

"I will work really hard to try and minimise any impact on neighbourhood policing.

"I will not sit here and say that neighbourhood policing - or other important parts of our business - will be untouched."

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