Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Oakland is cutting way down on the number of its cops and several small cities in California have disbanded their police departments. With a nationwide budget crunch, how many other cities will fall in line with drastic public safety cuts of their own?
The Straits Times
November 15, 2010
LONDON - THE Greater Manchester Police force (GMP) is to cut almost 3,000 jobs over the next four years including some frontline officers to cope with a shrinking budget, its chief constable said on Monday.
Peter Fahy said the impact of cuts in government funding would mean the posts - which account for nearly a quarter of the force's current strength - would be axed in order to make 134 million pounds of savings.
Over four years, 2,950 jobs will go at GMP, one of Britain's biggest forces, with a reduction of 309 officers in 2011/2.
In order to make the cuts, GMP would have to use powers to force some officers with 30 years experience to retire, Mr Fahy said in a report to the force's governing body, the Greater Manchester Police Authority.
'Although there will be a significant reduction in the size of the middle and back offices, it is clear that over the four year period there will also need to be a reduction in frontline police officer numbers,' the report said.
'Service levels could deteriorate due to reduced funding.' In a statement, Mr Fahy said the aim of their savings plan was to protect frontline services. 'Protecting frontline policing is at the heart of the plans we have been developing,' he said. -- REUTERS

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