Frontline Police Are Not Immune to Job Cuts

11th April 2011

Recently, a leaked embarrassing office memo revealed that Warwickshire police authorities would be taking 150 officers off the streets and placing them to back office jobs.

These latest side effects, budget and career cuts came from 1,800 staff officers in Wales and England who want to cover civilian’s jobs that were made redundant.

From now until 2015, the police are looking at approximately 27,500 job cuts. This results in the demotions of 12,500 officers.

Moreover, the Whitehall funding cut will grapple with an additional 20% decrease.

Since police are Crown appointed, they cannot lose their jobs, but can be "compulsorily retired" after they have served more than 30 years. A civilian does not enjoy this career security, however.

Ministers have promised to shield frontline policing from the job cuts. A report soon be published is expected to clear up some of the uncertainty as to where the “frontline” will be drawn.

Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, said the constables are in a confusing, impossible situation: “It is now clear that when there is not the staff to help plan, co-ordinate or forensically investigate the fight against crime, then police officers will have to be taken off the streets to do this work.”

“Basically, we are just cutting the jobs of people who aren't rich. They don't really have a say.”

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