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Weekly Edition - Published  19 December 2015


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Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy and PCC Jane Kennedy comment on Police funding announcement

THE Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy, said:- "Following the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review issued in November, we have today received confirmation of our funding for the next year and an outline of what the overall funding will look like for the Police service over the next 3 years.

It now appears that we may not have to cut as deeply, or as quickly, as we had 1st anticipated, but there will still be a requirement to make significant savings, changes and reforms, albeit over a slower period of time. As a result we are revisiting proposals recommended in relation to the structure of the Force.

The Force needs to continually adapt with the times if we are to meet the constantly changing demands of the community. We have also identified that there are still some areas where the Force could make changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness, whilst at the same time enabling investment in priority areas for the Force.

I am pleased say that at this stage the Force will not be pursuing some of the planned changes announced in the autumn, which included considerations to disband the Mounted Department and lose our Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

However, it is important to stress that once we have more detail around funding, the Mounted Department, will still be subject to further review . We will also continue to review the required establishment of PCSOs.

As a result of today's announcement we can confirm that we will now be able to avoid compulsory redundancy for PCSO's and will not be pursuing termination of their contracts in the immediate future.

Additionally, we will now be in a position to recruit new police officers in the New Year.

The last few years have, without doubt, been difficult and unsettling for officers and staff within the organisation, but despite this they have continued to maintain a professional and effective policing service for the public of Merseyside.

I hope that the news today will bring them some cautious optimism for the future and will give our communities some reassurance in relation to our commitment to provide them with the best possible service."


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