Delyn MP and former Policing Minister David Hanson has expressed his concern at reports that 2,200 of the most experienced Police officers are to be lost due to the government’s huge frontloaded cuts to the police.
North Wales Police is one of many forces across the country that has been given the go ahead to use A19 if needed. A19s force early retirement on the most experienced police officers in the country.
Local police federations and forces have already revealed that over 2,000 of the most experienced officers may be forcibly retired because of the Tory-led government’s cuts.
David Hanson said:
“We know that North Wales Police do an excellent job keeping people safe across Flintshire but they are under huge pressure due to these huge front-loaded cuts.
“Over 100 officers are going to go locally with over 12,000 police officers across the country. The concern is that some of the most experienced and knowledgeable officers will lose their jobs.”
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“The troubling consequences of the government’s 20 per cent police cuts are now becoming clear. Chief Constables across the country are being forced to lose some of their most experienced and long serving officers. Some of these officers are the experts in their fields and internationally respected for what they do in the fight against crime.
“The Home Secretary must realise that you cannot make 20% frontloaded cuts to the police without losing the very crime fighters we need. It is not just that 12,500 officers are to go but also the quality and experience of these officers that will be lost forever.
“The loss of so many experienced officers is the Home Secretary’s responsibility. Chief Constables are being put in an impossible position by the scale and pace of the cuts. The government is taking too many risks with the fight against crime. Ministers need to face up to the reality of these cuts and change course before it is too late.”
Please find attached photograph of David Hanson MP with Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP.
North Wales – The police authority has given the go ahead to use A19 if needed but has said that it is not desirable. The Force has said it may need to use Regulation A19 in order to assist with reducing the force’s salary bill – the initial wave will affect 47 officers – potentially affects 160 officers through to 2015