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South Yorkshire - Police’S £40M Axe: 100 Frontline Bobbies To Go In Next Year - And That’S Just The Start

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UP to 100 frontline bobbies are set to be axed by South Yorkshire Police in the next year as the effect of budget cuts to save £15m begin to bite.

Another 289 civilian support staff from the force will also lose their jobs within the next 12 months.

By 2015 there will be 400 fewer police officers and 700 police staff jobs will be axed as the county’s police authority tries to save £40m by 2015.

The figures are even higher than union estimates, which initially suggested that around 900 jobs could be shed over the next four years.

The budget for 2011-12 has now been set at £256.95m.

The police authority, which oversees the force, said it had tried to create a “balanced budget” but it was “inevitable” services would be affected.

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Med Hughes said: “We have set the best that we could perhaps hope for in the circumstances.

“I know it’s a worrying time for staff and the figures seem quite large, but the voluntary early severance scheme that the staff have signed up to means that we will deliver a balanced service, at least for the next year and probably the year after.

“There are risks that service options the public have come to rely on are cut out completely.”

He added that his “biggest fear” was losing support workers meaning frontline staff would have to complete routine administration duties.

Charles Perryman, chairman of the South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “We are in this position not of our own making and we have to address the situation that we find ourselves in.

All of these cuts and I'm betting my council tax bill doesn't reduce. Cutbacks galore apart from in the actual tax stakes.

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