Number of police on the beat in Bolton is falling

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THE number of bobbies on the Bolton beat is falling, new figures reveal.

The Home Office has published statistics show-ing Greater Manchester Police shed 254 officers across the county in the 12 months up until last September 2013 — a 3.5 per cent fall.

Apart from The Met Police in London, GMP lost more officers in that period than any other force. Only The Met and West Midlands Police employ more officers than GMP.

The change leaves GMP with 7,069 officers and there could be even fewer but for two schemes. The force has also stepped up its attempts to bring in volunteer special constables.

The Home Office figures show GMP recruited 17 specials in the 12 months up to last September, making 727 in total, more than anywhere else in the country bar London and Thames Valley.

Reacting to the Home Office statistics on a fall in officer numbers, Bolton’s community safety repres-entative Cllr Derek Burrows said: “We would be concerned if this were to have an effect on policing in Bolton and if we start to see crime rising as a result.

“But I can understand the situation that GMP are in due to the budget cuts by this government.”

Assistant Chief Officer Lynne Potts, of GMP, said: “GMP, like all forces across the country, has been required to make savings.

“And as 83 per cent of our budget is spent on officers and staff, naturally this is where many of the reductions have been felt.

“The service is going through a challenging period, but we remain committed to providing members of the public with the service they both deserve and expect.

“Our officers continue to rise above the challenges they are presented with 24/7.

“The support officers receive from police staff, PCSOs and special constables is vital to the delivery of effective neighbourhood policing.”

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12:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Most over paid office workers in the world.
Most over paid office workers in the world. thomas222

1:18pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Last year, the police element of our council tax was increased by the Police Commissioner which was so we could have extra police in the force, what went wrong?

Lets see if the police element of our council tax increases again, this time, for the 2014/2015 financial year. If we rid ourselves of this position of Police Commissioner and his deputy, then perhaps we could get more officers on the beat.
Last year, the police element of our council tax was increased by the Police Commissioner which was so we could have extra police in the force, what went wrong? Lets see if the police element of our council tax increases again, this time, for the 2014/2015 financial year. If we rid ourselves of this position of Police Commissioner and his deputy, then perhaps we could get more officers on the beat. Phil from Smithills

1:27pm Mon 3 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
Last year, the police element of our council tax was increased by the Police Commissioner which was so we could have extra police in the force, what went wrong? Lets see if the police element of our council tax increases again, this time, for the 2014/2015 financial year. If we rid ourselves of this position of Police Commissioner and his deputy, then perhaps we could get more officers on the beat.
Police Commissioners is just another tax payer funded pay day for retired or retiring Politicians or Public servants. Once on the gravy train always on the gravy train.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: Last year, the police element of our council tax was increased by the Police Commissioner which was so we could have extra police in the force, what went wrong? Lets see if the police element of our council tax increases again, this time, for the 2014/2015 financial year. If we rid ourselves of this position of Police Commissioner and his deputy, then perhaps we could get more officers on the beat.[/p][/quote]Police Commissioners is just another tax payer funded pay day for retired or retiring Politicians or Public servants. Once on the gravy train always on the gravy train. thomas222

3:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

I was actually assaulted by a female in town last night after leaving a friend who I had met for a social drink. The culprit was with her boyfriend and he threatened me for no reason whatsoever other than walking and looking in his direction. The female then punched me hard in the lip and it is swollen today. There is no police presence whatsoever on Sunday and so many crimes like this go undetected. No doubt this was caught on CCTV surveillance on Bradshawgate near Barristers but I would rather not bother with complaining.

Maybe if the money squandered on white elephants and the work shy was relinquished, there may be enough for extra patrols. Just a thought.
I was actually assaulted by a female in town last night after leaving a friend who I had met for a social drink. The culprit was with her boyfriend and he threatened me for no reason whatsoever other than walking and looking in his direction. The female then punched me hard in the lip and it is swollen today. There is no police presence whatsoever on Sunday and so many crimes like this go undetected. No doubt this was caught on CCTV surveillance on Bradshawgate near Barristers but I would rather not bother with complaining. Maybe if the money squandered on white elephants and the work shy was relinquished, there may be enough for extra patrols. Just a thought. Reebok Rhythm

3:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Iluminati says...

Simple mathematics. Less police officers controlling the town as higher the crime rate will be. Of course, one can always, as they do, fiddle the crime rate figures. Now the confusing part of it all, the GMP are still recruiting!! Confused? Well, don't be because the police will only tell the public what they want the public to know .
Simple mathematics. Less police officers controlling the town as higher the crime rate will be. Of course, one can always, as they do, fiddle the crime rate figures. Now the confusing part of it all, the GMP are still recruiting!! Confused? Well, don't be because the police will only tell the public what they want the public to know . Iluminati

5:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

First of all, let's get shut of that half-wit stealing a living, Tony Lloyd, as well as all the rest of those crime commissioners across the land. Yet ANOTHER American originated idea implemented here.

With this load of hapless incumbents who are so called 'running the country', who are in reality making a complete and utter f**k-up of it inside out, yet again proving they have no idea of the real world.

We have the finest police service in the world, whose workload is being added to on a daily basis, and who do an excellent job considering what is asked of them.

This mob of g0b5H1te5 in power won't be happy until EVERYTHING in sight is privatised, and then we will be in a really sorry state of affairs.
First of all, let's get shut of that half-wit stealing a living, Tony Lloyd, as well as all the rest of those crime commissioners across the land. Yet ANOTHER American originated idea implemented here. With this load of hapless incumbents who are so called 'running the country', who are in reality making a complete and utter f**k-up of it inside out, yet again proving they have no idea of the real world. We have the finest police service in the world, whose workload is being added to on a daily basis, and who do an excellent job considering what is asked of them. This mob of g0b5H1te5 in power won't be happy until EVERYTHING in sight is privatised, and then we will be in a really sorry state of affairs. wsw69

6:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

steveG says...

Whilst police are constrained by ridiculous health and safety laws which hinder their ability to do the job they may as well stay in the office.

How many times in recent years have we read the emergency services stood by and watched people in real danger.
Whilst police are constrained by ridiculous health and safety laws which hinder their ability to do the job they may as well stay in the office. How many times in recent years have we read the emergency services stood by and watched people in real danger. steveG

6:44pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Hulton Park says...

Not mentioned at all here, and seemingly ovelooked by the BN, is the decision of GMP's chief constable, backed by the Mancunian Police Commisioner, to abolish of the post of chief superintendant for Bolton. There will be no-one with dedicated oversight of policing in our borough - it will be done from Wigan.

Manchester, meanwhile will keep two. So that's police oversight at the rate of roughly one per 250,000 population in Manchester, and one per 600, 000 in Wigan-Bolton.

Nice to know, in these straitened times, that we're subsidising someone else's area - police, trams, etc - with our council tax.
Not mentioned at all here, and seemingly ovelooked by the BN, is the decision of GMP's chief constable, backed by the Mancunian Police Commisioner, to abolish of the post of chief superintendant for Bolton. There will be no-one with dedicated oversight of policing in our borough - it will be done from Wigan. Manchester, meanwhile will keep two. So that's police oversight at the rate of roughly one per 250,000 population in Manchester, and one per 600, 000 in Wigan-Bolton. Nice to know, in these straitened times, that we're subsidising someone else's area - police, trams, etc - with our council tax. Hulton Park

7:55pm Mon 3 Feb 14

bwfc58 says...

This so called Greater Manchester Police only benefits Manchester and Salford ( FACT ) as there is never any police patrolling the Centre of Bolton I am in the Centre of Manchester tomorrow so I will take a look round and see how many police I see then I will post on here how many there is watch this space and years back Labour did say that they would put the boundary's back once they got back into power and guess what more lies so no one should vote for any of the so called three main parties ever again because I for one use to be proud of my home town of Bolton for one because Bolton is the biggest Town in the country and two Bolton had a thriving Town Centre and the best open market in the north west FACT so by not voting for any of the so called three main parties we can all get rid of all these Police Commissioners now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not and them that do not I could not care less
This so called Greater Manchester Police only benefits Manchester and Salford ( FACT ) as there is never any police patrolling the Centre of Bolton I am in the Centre of Manchester tomorrow so I will take a look round and see how many police I see then I will post on here how many there is watch this space and years back Labour did say that they would put the boundary's back once they got back into power and guess what more lies so no one should vote for any of the so called three main parties ever again because I for one use to be proud of my home town of Bolton for one because Bolton is the biggest Town in the country and two Bolton had a thriving Town Centre and the best open market in the north west FACT so by not voting for any of the so called three main parties we can all get rid of all these Police Commissioners now some of you will agree with me and some of you will not and them that do not I could not care less bwfc58

8:46pm Mon 3 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

We need a stronger police presence on the streets of Bolton! Not just in the town centre!
We need a stronger police presence on the streets of Bolton! Not just in the town centre! FreedomOfSpeech1945

9:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

To much money wasted on pen pushers and admin also why do we need a chief police officer a deputy chief police officer and also a commissioner and deputy commissioner aren't we paying double for the same roles!
To much money wasted on pen pushers and admin also why do we need a chief police officer a deputy chief police officer and also a commissioner and deputy commissioner aren't we paying double for the same roles! steverock6@sky.com

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