Humberside Police have responded to concerns made by the union who represent police staff members in Humberside about plans to cut staff numbers.
Last week, bench secretary for Humberisde Police staff Unison branch, Harry Berry, said that cuts to the force have gone far enough.
He said: “The forces new operating model includes a reduction of over 70 investigating officers from across the force area.
“We now feel it is essential that people in our local communities contact their MPs and stress in the strongest possible terms that these cuts to our police service have gone far enough.”
Now Chief Constable Justine Curran from Humberside Police has responded to the union’s concerns.
She said: “We have been open from the outset in terms of explaining to our staff and the public that more than 80 per cent of our budget is spent on people and in order to meet the savings requirements of Central Government we will have to reduce by around 500 police staff.
“We will be a smaller, but more efficient force in the future.
“By stripping out layers of bureaucracy, creating a large flexible team of staff, harnessing new technology and focusing our resources in the areas and at the times of greatest need, we are confident that we can maintain our service to the public and continue to make a real difference in our communities.”
Chief Constable Curran also went on to address the concerns regarding loss of jobs within the force, saying that Humberside Police is “working with staff associations to do our best to re-deploy displaced people into new roles in the organisation and to keep compulsory redundancy to an absolute minimum.”
Chief Constable Curran added: “The change to shift patterns will mean officers and some staff will have fewer weekends off and some of the changes we are making will mean longer travel times to and from work.
We know this is difficult and we are doing our best to minimise the impact – That said, we make no apologies for putting the public first. Our drivers for change are modernisation, efficiency and providing the best possible service – the public must always come first – we are confident that we can maintain our service to the public and continue to make a real difference in our communities.”