Police chiefs quizzed on funding cuts

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sp88100 Police cutts meeting
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DERBYSHIRE’S top cop said he “would not accept” any impact on investigating crime caused by multi-million pound cuts in spending.

Chf Con Mick Creedon also told how 999 response times were unlikely to increase as the number of officers was decreased to save money in a frank public meeting about the force facing £24m curbs in spending over the next four years.

The meeting last night (Thursday January 20) saw around 50 people quiz Chf Con Creedon and Derbyshire Police Authority chairman Cllr Philip Hickson in Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel with others also submitting questions online.

When asked if victims would have to wait longer for police to attend and, for example, take a statement Chf Con Creedon said: “No. In terms of how we deal with victims there will be no effect.

“I’m not accepting any reduction in service in terms of our investigating crimes”

Tough proposals to slash millions include extending a recruitment freeze to create 123 less police officer posts and 23 less PCSOS.

Another 112 non officer staff could go while the forces looks at reducing the number of buildings it owns and collaborative working.

The meeting – which also took questions on policing changes and community problems – included a presentation which said crime had fallen by 34 per cent in the last seven years.

Chf Con Creedon said he could make no guarantees about level next year.

He added: “I would be lying to you if I didn’t say it’s going to get really hard, any organisation that’s cut by 20 per cent will struggle to deliver.”

See next Thursday’s Derbyshire Times for a two-page special report on the meeting.