“Up to 60,000 police officer jobs could be lost in the next five years as the government seeks to eliminate the national debt, according to research published today.”
What are some solutions to this budget crisis? make the existing officers more effective. Stop the theatrics involved in a pulling over a motorist to issue a ticket. So many times we see a motorist pulled over and if another cop is driving by they need to stop. Does it really take 2 or 3 cop cars to issue a moving violation?
The UK police forces should maybe think about reducing traffic officers instead of beat patrols. They could also save money on squad cars by having more beat patrols. Officers would also get in better shape as they would need to walk from donut shop to donut shop before they can nosh down a box of them.
Police could lose ‘up to 60,000 officers’: Guardian
The figure is the worst-case scenario in a range of possible outcomes examined by Jane’s Police Review magazine after the Treasury told government departments to prepare for cuts of up to 40%.
If the police suffer average cuts, predicted to be around 25%, that will lead to the loss of between 11,500 and 17,000 jobs by 2015, said Dr Tim Brain, who recently retired as chief constable of Gloucestershire and Association of Chief Police Officers lead on finance.
Brain, an honorary senior research fellow at Cardiff University, prepared the figures based on “clues” and projections by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).
No official national spending figures are available for 2010-11 so far. But before the general election the IFS predicted that public spending as a proportion of GDP would fall to the same level as in 2003-04.
If police funding was similarly reduced, the equivalent of 30,000 full-time posts would be lost by 2015, Brain said.
Based on IFS analysis after George Osborne’s budget, which projected a return of public spending to levels last seen in 1997-98, the equivalent of 60,000 full-time equivalent posts would be lost, he said, although those figures were described as “speculative” by the home secretary, Theresa May.
“Obviously, we don’t yet know, and nor will we know for certain until the results of the spending reviews in the autumn, but in the meantime there are some clues,” said Brain.
Indeed, this is a typical scene throughout the UK: Money is more important than our safety. We have sold out our health care system, our education system and now our emergency services. You can hear the 911 call now: “Sorry, ma’am, I understand that an knife carrying intruder is trying to get into your house, however, all our officers are busy taking other calls. Please stand by and we will try to assist you in the order that you have called.”