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"Significant" funding cuts force police change
3:50pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
DUE to “significant” cuts to police funding the delivery of local policing services across North Worcestershire has changed.
As a result of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are required to identify £30.3 million in savings by 2015.
To that end the forces have moved to a single policing model.
All areas will now be served by a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), managed by a police sergeant and comprising one police constable and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
SNTs in areas of high demand, such as Winyates and Matchborough, Greenlands and Lodge Park, Batchley and Central, will have two police officers and four PCSOs.
One of these PCSOs will be based at a local school.
Response officers operating from patrol bases including one in Redditch will support SNTs.
Across North Worcestershire there will be a total of 19 teams.
Gareth Morgan, assistant chief constable at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: "Safer Neighbourhood Teams form the foundation to local policing in North Worcestershire.
"They are successful in protecting the public from harm.
“Retaining PCSOs and extending their powers and hours and a further investment in mobile technology will enable community engagement to be at the very heart of accessible, responsive policing.”
Bill Longmore, West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “These changes to the teams, alongside better use of technology and extended powers and hours of PCSOs, will ensure that officers are visible and easily accessible within communities, despite the significant reduction in police funding.”
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