134 police officer jobs to go in Avon and Somerset Police shake-up

IN TALKS: Taunton police station could close, with services moving into County Hall or Deane House.

IN TALKS: Taunton police station could close, with services moving into County Hall or Deane House.

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MORE than 100 police officers are to be axed across Avon and Somerset as part of cost-cutting measures.

Nine custody suites are also to close this year, including Taunton and Bridgwater, but there are no immediate plans to close the county town’s station, the constabulary announced today (January 29).

The cuts come as the force looks to save £8million in 2014/15 and critics fear some towns could be hit hard.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne said it is important Taunton does not lose out to bigger places like Bristol and Bath.

He said: “There has been a significant fall in crime in Avon and Somerset over the last decade.

“The police have made a significant contribution, particularly at the neighbourhood level, and I do not want to see this community activity disrupted.

“At the same time, the police do need to strive to achieve good value-for-money. The ideal balance is an efficient police force which continues to effectively protect the public.”

Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “I welcome the new HQ in Bridgwater but there must be a clear understanding where the police station is going – it needs to be in the town centre as we don’t want cuts to frontline officers.

“As for West Somerset, I’m delighted no PCSO posts are to be cut as they are vital to the area.”

Some 134 police officers will lose their jobs over the next 12 months – 61 of them police constables – and more could go next year after Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said it will have to save £12-15million in 2015/16.

It is not yet known which towns will be hit the worst but Ms Mounstevens said the job losses are significantly lower than she first feared.

Kevin Philips, chairman of the Avon and Somerset branch of the Police Federation, said: “I understand why people may be concerned about crime fears because cuts are invariably going to affect services. Whichever way you look at it the numbers are shrinking.”

 

Our chief officer team will, between us, hold 29 briefings with staff today across the force: talking to staff about our change programme.

— Nick Gargan (@ngargan_police) January 29, 2014


In total, the force has to save £42million over the next four years to keep in line with the latest Government spending review.

It is also looking at making savings by closing “middle-sized, under-used” stations, said Chief Constable Nick Gargan.

He added Taunton station at Shuttern could move into County Hall or Deane House and talks were ongoing.

Mr Gargan said: “We are cutting down but we are cutting down in a different way because our workforce has told us there’s a different way to do it. We know there will be further cuts ahead.”

Custody suites will be closed as a new multi-million pound operations base opens in Bridgwater this year.

It means people arrested in Taunton will be taken up the M5 to be held – but the Chief Constable maintains there will still be a police presence in the county town.

He added: “There are some difficult decisions ahead but we’ve built an Operating Model solution so we’re better placed to find savings now and in the future.

“So, if it’s a question of closing some police stations, or sharing a base with a council and keeping more officers on the streets then difficult choices will have to be made.”

IN NUMBERS
2763 - Police officers across the force.
134 - Number of police officer posts axed (61 PCs).
9 - Increase in number of police staff.
9 - Custody suites to close.
0 - PCSO posts to go.
1.99% - proposed council tax precept rise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

St. Austell says...

With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences.
With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences. St. Austell
  • Score: -8

4:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

MartinB58 says...

Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not.
Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not. MartinB58
  • Score: 16

4:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

St. Austell says...

MartinB58 wrote:
Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not.
Agreed Martin but who with any intelligence really believe the hype being promulgated about an economic recovery. After all its all about wining an election.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not.[/p][/quote]Agreed Martin but who with any intelligence really believe the hype being promulgated about an economic recovery. After all its all about wining an election. St. Austell
  • Score: 10

6:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

CosApp says...

Getting rid of the same number of councillors and MPs would make more sense. Which moron made this decision?
Getting rid of the same number of councillors and MPs would make more sense. Which moron made this decision? CosApp
  • Score: 18

6:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

St. Austell wrote:
With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences.
What a ridiculous, ill informed comment.

I don't even know where to start putting you straight on that so will just leave you to your own utopian idea of police work
[quote][p][bold]St. Austell[/bold] wrote: With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous, ill informed comment. I don't even know where to start putting you straight on that so will just leave you to your own utopian idea of police work freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 4

6:36pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

Get shot of them. After having cars and houses broken into and being told they had insufficient resources to investigate but in the same year being fined £20 for jumping a red light on a push-bike - I think I know what good they *really* do.

Most of them that go will be aged 54 so only a year from retirement (yes, a year!) so it's a win-win. Redundancy pay, huge index-linked and guaranteed pension plus a job back with "the boys" photocopying or handing out leaflets for £200 a day.

Who's laughing?!
Get shot of them. After having cars and houses broken into and being told they had insufficient resources to investigate but in the same year being fined £20 for jumping a red light on a push-bike - I think I know what good they *really* do. Most of them that go will be aged 54 so only a year from retirement (yes, a year!) so it's a win-win. Redundancy pay, huge index-linked and guaranteed pension plus a job back with "the boys" photocopying or handing out leaflets for £200 a day. Who's laughing?! Guy Smiley
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

St. Austell says...

freddie_mercury_unde
rcover_reporter
wrote:
St. Austell wrote:
With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences.
What a ridiculous, ill informed comment.

I don't even know where to start putting you straight on that so will just leave you to your own utopian idea of police work
The question to consider is whether so much of police resources should be directed towards road traffic matters rather than other issues!
[quote][p][bold]freddie_mercury_unde rcover_reporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St. Austell[/bold] wrote: With so many police jobs to go perhaps "plod" can focus more upon local and domestic crime rather than the rich pickings of minor motoring offences.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous, ill informed comment. I don't even know where to start putting you straight on that so will just leave you to your own utopian idea of police work[/p][/quote]The question to consider is whether so much of police resources should be directed towards road traffic matters rather than other issues! St. Austell
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

the voice of common sense says...

With regard to the loss of 9 custody suites, has no one else noticed that a super nick is being built at the express park that has about 50 custody cells.

Getting rid of 134 police persons will save about £3.5 million a year.

A much better way to save a bit of cash is to not buy very expensive german motor cars for the motoring gestapo to drive around in but instead issue them with cars made in Britain, nissan micras would be quite nice I think
With regard to the loss of 9 custody suites, has no one else noticed that a super nick is being built at the express park that has about 50 custody cells. Getting rid of 134 police persons will save about £3.5 million a year. A much better way to save a bit of cash is to not buy very expensive german motor cars for the motoring gestapo to drive around in but instead issue them with cars made in Britain, nissan micras would be quite nice I think the voice of common sense
  • Score: 0

9:56am Thu 30 Jan 14

awayswing says...

Last night the Chief Constable,Steve Gargan,said on TV that police hours of duty will be slanted towards weekend working because most crimes are committed at weekends,if I followed his reasoning correctly.Surely crimes will go up during the week if criminals know there will be fewer police officers on duty then.The whole idea of cutting police numbers is utter madness.Whether you believe the latest crime figures or not fewer police officers are unlikely to mean a continuing fall in crimes.
Last night the Chief Constable,Steve Gargan,said on TV that police hours of duty will be slanted towards weekend working because most crimes are committed at weekends,if I followed his reasoning correctly.Surely crimes will go up during the week if criminals know there will be fewer police officers on duty then.The whole idea of cutting police numbers is utter madness.Whether you believe the latest crime figures or not fewer police officers are unlikely to mean a continuing fall in crimes. awayswing
  • Score: 4

11:28am Thu 30 Jan 14

MartinB58 says...

St. Austell wrote:
MartinB58 wrote:
Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not.
Agreed Martin but who with any intelligence really believe the hype being promulgated about an economic recovery. After all its all about wining an election.
Unfortunately too many people may be mislead by the hype. In my opinion, the current government would struggle to win an election any time soon but then I wonder who could possibly do any better (not looking for replies, this is not a debate on party politics).
[quote][p][bold]St. Austell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: Another sign of the economic recovery that we keep getting told is happening? I think not.[/p][/quote]Agreed Martin but who with any intelligence really believe the hype being promulgated about an economic recovery. After all its all about wining an election.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately too many people may be mislead by the hype. In my opinion, the current government would struggle to win an election any time soon but then I wonder who could possibly do any better (not looking for replies, this is not a debate on party politics). MartinB58
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Police are thin on the ground i think this is to much.

A&S already rely on pcso to much I hardly ever see a actually of officer!

Should discourge scallys in taunton as they will be taken to bridgwater (And even they dont want to go there) and when they are released they will have to make their own way home or suffer bridgwater!
Police are thin on the ground i think this is to much. A&S already rely on pcso to much I hardly ever see a actually of officer! Should discourge scallys in taunton as they will be taken to bridgwater (And even they dont want to go there) and when they are released they will have to make their own way home or suffer bridgwater! Mi_Coc
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Frontier_Pharmacist says...

Has the police gone the same way as the fire brigade thinking. Is it all about prevention and actual numbers have dropped through successful prevention. That would make sense, but like others, is the trust in the actual figures actually to be relied on, especially when they come from the Police in the first place?
The Police have become lazy, they don't go out of their way to be really helpful, or even truthful, as we have seen in recent events.
We are all in it together if we are to believe the retoric, maybe its the Police's turn.
Has the police gone the same way as the fire brigade thinking. Is it all about prevention and actual numbers have dropped through successful prevention. That would make sense, but like others, is the trust in the actual figures actually to be relied on, especially when they come from the Police in the first place? The Police have become lazy, they don't go out of their way to be really helpful, or even truthful, as we have seen in recent events. We are all in it together if we are to believe the retoric, maybe its the Police's turn. Frontier_Pharmacist
  • Score: -5

1:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Frontier_Pharmacist says...

Frontier_Pharmacist wrote:
Has the police gone the same way as the fire brigade thinking. Is it all about prevention and actual numbers have dropped through successful prevention. That would make sense, but like others, is the trust in the actual figures actually to be relied on, especially when they come from the Police in the first place?
The Police have become lazy, they don't go out of their way to be really helpful, or even truthful, as we have seen in recent events.
We are all in it together if we are to believe the retoric, maybe its the Police's turn.
Wish I could spell rhetoric properly
[quote][p][bold]Frontier_Pharmacist[/bold] wrote: Has the police gone the same way as the fire brigade thinking. Is it all about prevention and actual numbers have dropped through successful prevention. That would make sense, but like others, is the trust in the actual figures actually to be relied on, especially when they come from the Police in the first place? The Police have become lazy, they don't go out of their way to be really helpful, or even truthful, as we have seen in recent events. We are all in it together if we are to believe the retoric, maybe its the Police's turn.[/p][/quote]Wish I could spell rhetoric properly Frontier_Pharmacist
  • Score: 2

4:16pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Monument says...

Guy Smiley

Police officers cannot be made redundant, they can only be forced to retire when they have reached thirty years service, something that is possible aged 48 yrs.

Devon and Cornwall have already gone this route and the loss of experienced officers is being profoundly felt.
Guy Smiley Police officers cannot be made redundant, they can only be forced to retire when they have reached thirty years service, something that is possible aged 48 yrs. Devon and Cornwall have already gone this route and the loss of experienced officers is being profoundly felt. Monument
  • Score: 7

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