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More Police Jobs Under Threat

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8:05am 28th June 2013

A cut to the Policing budget could see more jobs going at Dorset Police.

The Chancellor George Osborne has announced his latest savings plan in the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review.

He said the Police budget would be slashed by up to 6% in Home Office funding for 2015/16 on top of the 20% policing fund cut previously announced over the three years to 2014/15.

Home Secretary Theresa May later confirmed that the police grant will be cut by 4.9%.

It's a huge hit for Dorset Police who're one of the lowest funded forces in the entire country.

It's not just Police jobs that are under threat, stations could have to merge and some services scaled back or lost completely.

Dorset Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said “It is therefore inevitable that additional, significant, cuts will need to be made to the Force’s infrastructure and support services. Our workforce has already reduced by almost 500 since 2010.”

Dorset Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said he was disappointed.

Martyn Underhill, PCC for Dorset, said: "Dorset is already one of the lowest spending and lowest funded Forces in the country. I am disappointed that this is not recognised. This announcement impacts hugely on our ability to deliver further savings.

"I am also concerned about the level of cuts to local authorities in the county as the Police are often the service of last resort. Reductions that the authorities may be forced to make to balance their budgets, could increase the demand on the Force."

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