‘Tipping point’ for force as cuts affect services

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PC Kevin Subley and PC Steven Hemsley on the streets of Page Hall

Page Hall Roma Feature PC Kevin Subley and PC Steven Hemsley on the streets of Page Hall

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South Yorkshire Police is approaching a ‘tipping point’ in its ability to deliver an effective service as cuts bite, Sheffield’s district commander has warned.

Chief Supt David Hartley said the force is on course to deliver savings of more than £42m by 2016 – but warned any further Government cuts may have a major impact. About £23m worth of savings have already been delivered.

Since April 2012, police officer numbers have been cut by the equivalent of 77 full-time posts, and there has been a reduction of more than 275 back room staff, although the number of community support officers has increased from 290 to 324.

 

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