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Cheshire Police asks the public to have their say
David Keane, Police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, is asking the public to share their opinions on two potential options for policing.
One option includes a reduction of 80 police staff – officers and PCSOs – whilst the second option is to increase the funding the force receives by around 18p per week per household.
He said said: “We want to be able to deliver a strong, visible and efficient force capable of managing current crime and emerging threats to our safety.
“Unfortunately if the Government does not give Cheshire Police a fair funding settlement, then, to put it bluntly, the thin blue line in our region could be stretched to breaking point and we will be forced to lose as many as 80 officers on our frontline or increase the precept.”
Mr Keane added: “The constabulary has done an incredible job to find the savings it has by improving processes, finding efficiencies through stronger collaboration and by streamlining the estate to generate long-term savings.
“However, it has now exhausted nearly all of its options for efficiency savings.”
A consultation will take place from 28 December 2017. Over the next 3 years the force will have to save at least £13 million.
To take part and find out more visit cheshire-pcc.gov.uk