Norfolk Police already feeling the effect of cuts, federation warns

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Police officer and staff numbers are already at an “uncomfortable” level even before the latest cuts plan comes into effect, the body representing Norfolk’s rank and file officers has warned.

Paul Ridgway, chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation, said he hoped services could be sustained despite the proposed job losses announced this week.

But he admitted: “The ongoing cuts will inevitably see a loss of invaluable skills and experience throughout the force.”

Mr Ridgway said the axing of the plan to merge Norfolk and Suffolk’s control rooms, which was opposed by Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore, had inevitably had an effect on the number of jobs being cut.

But he maintains the focus should be on increasing, rather than reducing, officer numbers.

He said: “Due to changes in types of crimes and incidents reported, which generally need more policing hours to deal with, we believe there is a need for more officers going forward, not less.”