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Dorset Police Reveal Money Saving Measures


8:58am 19th December 2012
(Updated 5:00pm 19th December 2012)

Details of how departments at Dorset Police plan to save money have been put forward to the Chief Constable.

The force has announced they need to save a further £10 million by 2014/15 to cope with harsh budget cuts.

They've already slashed millions of pounds and put a freeze on recruitment since the government scaled back spending.

Now, the 4 main command areas - territorial policing, crime and criminal justice, operation support and support services - are all under scrutiny. Each department has put forward proposals on how they can reduce spending and bring the service in line with budget cuts.

Dorset's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhll and Chief Constable Debbie Simpson spoke out on money saving plans yesterday (Tuesday 18th December) saying frontline services are going to "look very different".

There are plans to sell some local stations and offices to save cash and run Police Officers from 7 new Police "Hubs" across the county.

The latest proposals are in response to George Osborne's autumn statement which suggested there's going to be a further 2% cut and future spending review cuts of 5% to10%.

Click below to hear from the Police Crime Commisioner and Chief Constable.


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