Warning over Greater Manchester Police cuts
12:20pm Saturday 26th January 2013 in North West
CUTS to police will inevitably impact on the service officers can give, a union has warned.
Greater Manchester Police needs to cut £134 million from its budget over the next four years, which will result in the axing of 3,000 posts, including 1,500 officers.
Ian Hanson, from the Police Federation, said it will result in less officers on the street.
Mr Hanson said officers are exhausted and working to capacity and further cuts will mean that things cannot be done as they used to be.
He said: “GMP is losing 1,500 officers, which will have a massive impact on the service. Every member of GMP will strive to give the best service, but taking 20 per cent out of the budget means that they cannot deliver the same service that they have done in the past.
“In order to keep the thin blue line in place, officers may have to start saying no to certain things. It means things will have to evolve to deliver a different kind of service.
“The days of GMP responding and being all things to all people have gone. Officers will have to prioritise.
He added: “Police officers are frustrated, exhausted and working to capacity to keep the wheels on. But I do have some sympathy with the chief constable — he can only work with what he is given.”
The figures, published by the House of Commons Library, show there are now 134,584 police officers across the country — the fewest since 2003.
Police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd described the cuts as ‘reckless’.
He said: “We’ve seen a massive reduction in crime over the past decade and police officer numbers have been key to that success.”