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Debate On Funding For Dorset Police


7:32am 19th June 2013

There's a debate in parliament later to try and get more funding for Dorset Police.

Taxpayers in Dorset pay more for their police force than any other area in the country.

Most police forces get 70% funding from central government and 30% from council tax but here we have to pick up almost half the bill.

We've also lost more than 300 police officers in the past six years - with over 400 more to go by 2018.

Clive Chamberlain, Chairman of Dorset Police Federation, will be in Westminster with South Dorset MP Richard Drax. He said: "If we were given correct funding we wouldn't have to be going cap in hand to private companies looking at getting sponsorship, so potentially we'll have adverts emblazoned on police cars and in police stations and on headed notepaper which is something I totally disagree with."

He added that not enough people are making a stand. "It will up the level of understanding about what's going on and what the funding is and I hope people will sit up and realise what's happening before it's too late and maybe lobby their MPs, write to government, and point out the unfairness, that they're paying more than anyone else."

He said a "astounding" amount of job cuts have already been made. "We've lost 340 police officers since 2007 - 23% of our total number of officers. By 2018, due to anticipated further cuts we stand to lose a total of at least 468 warranted police officers - 31% of our police officer numbers.

"Putting Dorset police officer losses into perspective, 468 is the equivalent of losing every officer in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Blandford, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Sturminster Newton, and Beaminster."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset Martyn Underhill has also pledged his support to today's debate.

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