End to the freeze?

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DERBYSHIRE police looks set to employ more officers next year – ending its two-year jobs freeze.

The force halted employment in 2010 as part of tough Government budget cuts.

But since then the force has saved £15m through streamlining measures, including making 250 job cuts.

Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “We’ve made some difficult choices over the past two years in order to meet the unprecedented financial challenge.

“Derbyshire residents can start to look forward to a strengthened police presence in the near future which, I hope, will increase confidence and reassurance in the county.

“Our residents have said they would like to see more police officers visible in the community and to be considering doing just that three years ahead of schedule is nothing short of astonishing,” he added.