MSM: Police could lose ‘up to 60,000 officers’

(Guardian) – Up to 60,000 police officer jobs could be lost in the next five years as the government seeks to eliminate the national debt, according to research published today.

The figure is the worst-case scenario in a range of possible outcomes examined by Jane’s Police Review magazine after the Treasury told government departments to prepare for cuts of up to 40%.

If the police suffer average cuts, predicted to be around 25%, that will lead to the loss of between 11,500 and 17,000 jobs by 2015, said Dr Tim Brain, who recently retired as chief constable of Gloucestershire and Association of Chief Police Officers lead on finance.

Brain, an honorary senior research fellow at Cardiff University, prepared the figures based on “clues” and projections by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

No official national spending figures are available for 2010-11 so far. But before the general election the IFS predicted that public spending as a proportion of GDP would fall to the same level as in 2003-04.

If police funding was similarly reduced, the equivalent of 30,000 full-time posts would be lost by 2015, Brain said.

Based on IFS analysis after George Osborne’s budget, which projected a return of public spending to levels last seen in 1997-98, the equivalent of 60,000 full-time equivalent posts would be lost, he said, although those figures were described as “speculative” by the home secretary, Theresa May.

“Obviously, we don’t yet know, and nor will we know for certain until the results of the spending reviews in the autumn, but in the meantime there are some clues,” said Brain.

“First, the police service is not on the protected list. Second, the new home secretary, Theresa May, has warned that the police can expect to face its fair share of cuts, and third, there has specifically been no guarantee to maintain personnel numbers but it would appear we are looking at job losses in the police forces of 11,500-17,000 if the police are to suffer the government’s average cuts. This will mean fewer personnel for patrol, response and investigation duties.”

Brain said he expects the bulk of cuts in personnel would come through police officers who leave the service not being replaced as well as through redundancies among civilian staff.

But he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “They are absolutely essential to the efficient running of the operational service. They are pretty much part of the frontline.”

Ben Priestley, Unison’s national officer for police staff, warned cuts of the magnitude described by Brain could undermine recent falls in crime and that a removal of civilian police staff would increase paperwork for frontline officers.

“Cuts to police budgets and a fall in workforce will cause huge damage to this record and we are likely to see crime rates soar,” he said.

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs committee, May said that the scale of the cuts to the Home Office budget had yet to be agreed with the Treasury.

“These figures are at the moment entirely speculative,” she said. “I don’t think it is helpful to speculate or comment on that speculation.” May insisted that “there are savings that can be made that will not affect frontline services.”

But pressed by Labour MP David Winnick on whether she expected to see police numbers fall over the next four years, she said: “I am not going to give you a yes or no answer.”

The policing minister, Nick Herbert, reiterated the government’s desire to “protect the frontline”, but said: “We can’t guarantee the numbers.”

Source: Guardian

4 thoughts on “MSM: Police could lose ‘up to 60,000 officers’

  1. This type of news – government agents or agencies to be lessened or eliminated (in this case an article about 60,000 cops to be cut sprinkled with statements like “They are absolutely essential” and “we are likely to see crime rates soar”) – most times only serve as the foundation for future demands of more money. The State purposefully tries to scare folks about what-if possibilities to then justify even more theft of the wealth they create. Hope that’s not the case here though…

  2. they need to get rid of alot more of those scum bags. they are the worst criminals in their positions of power. they lie, cheat, and steal. i’ve seen how they work first hand. get rid of the illegals and the crimes will drop by themselves and we won’t need a freaken gestapo style law inforcement DICKHEADS!

  3. You reap what you sow. Those who destroy will be destroyed themselves. The police will continue to lose jobs, salary and privileges until they return to the side of the people. Until that happens I lose absolutely no sleep whenever one of them gets fired…I celebrate!

  4. Does “eliminate the debt” mean eliminate the citizens?

    After all, the US citizens (corporations) are the slaves (debt) to the controllers of the private federal reserve banks.

    Better learn how to non-incorporate yourselves, and become part of the “we the people” before you get eliminated as citizens (slaves).

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