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Staffordshire Police 'can't afford' further cuts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police would struggle to cope with further cuts, a federation chief has said after the force was praised for providing value for money.

Although a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found the force was on track to meet £8 million worth of savings over the next two years, police federation chairman Andy Adams doubted whether bosses would be able to manage further reductions.

Staffordshire Police was rated as outstanding in the report which also revealed the number of frontline police officers had actually risen despite a fall in levels overall.

Mr Adams said: "I think the good report is probably down to a combination of the quality and the commitment of local officers and the considered way the force has looked at how and where it can save money.

"In many ways they've been quite forward-thinking about facing the problems – they're always reviewing what they're doing, whereas other forces just wait until cuts are announced.

"We have had a lot of cuts in the last few years, and we're getting towards the point where we can't afford to lose more officers."

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  • mattlong  |  July 24 2014, 8:21AM

    Whilst I have every faith in Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis the wider context of cutbacks and austerity are going to have an impact on his work and that of our police no matter how skilful this man is at innovating with technology and so on. I guess that's why I believe in a Keyenesian rather than a more free market approach to getting out of austerity. It will come down to the lack of money for Staffs police at some point. This being said thanks to Matthew Ellis - I believe you had the good grace to encourage one of your police officers with a mental health remit to come to the Jon Wheale organised non partisan mental health discussion event in Burton on Tuesday. Whist I may not wear the same blue colours as you, I think you are doing some great work for our county force.