Police face up to budget cuts

A STRATEGY to address “the extremely challenging economic circumstances” facing South Yorkshire Police will be on the table tomorrow (Friday).

Key priorities will remain tackling crime, enhancing community safety and improving confidence and satisfaction, despite a background of £40m cuts in Government grants over the next four years.

Over the next years, the jobs of 100 police officers and 350 staff posts will be lost.

Police Authority chair Charles Perryman said: “The authority’s business plan sets out how we are going to address the extremely challenging economic circumstances, which includes making difficult decisions about deploying our resources to optimum effect to ensure the best possible service to the community.”

Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes said: “We will always answer when members of the public call for urgent assistance, and that must never change.”