Friday, September 10, 2010

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40,000 frontline police staff face axe if spending cuts go through, warns union boss

The loss of up to 40,000 frontline police jobs if Government budget cuts go ahead would be 'Christmas for criminals', it was claimed today. The Police Federation said thousands of positions would have to be slashed in a move which could devastate the service. Specialist departments, including those involved with child protection and domestic violence face the axe. The warning came as Hampshire Police unveiled plans to slash 1,400 jobs

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    …oh and all frontline troops are going to have their body armour sold on EBAY to raise cash!

    You can tell a Union boss is lying when their lips move.

    Sensationalist nonsense.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    This is pure shroud waving. When they say “frontline police staff” they do NOT actually mean “police officers” let alone “bobbies on the beat”.

    Interestingly, the UK is very much at the low end when it comes to police officers-per-capita, see here. I’m surprised we’re only 2 per thousand population, I thought it was 2.5, but hey. We live and learn.

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  • They have been debating this at length on R5 Live today and it would appear the Daily Wail headline is as tyrellcorporation suggests “Sensationalist nonsense”

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  • Every police force is falling over itself to say what essential and popular services will have to be axed; but not one is saying ‘well, hey, we could use cheaper cars, and make them last a bit longer’

    As MW says, shameless shroud waving..

    ..If I was the govt minister, I’d be tempted to talk about the possibility of abolishing the posts of chief constable, and dramatically reducing the ratio of chiefs to indians in the forces..

    ..might make the brass sit up and take this exercise seriously..

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  • A bit like the “market” telling us the deficit will be a disaster?

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  • tenyearstogetmymoneyback says:

    uncle tom said but not one is saying ‘well, hey, we could use cheaper cars, and make them last a bit longer’

    and more importantly not one of them is saying “We could drive Honda Civics (or any other British made cars)
    thus helping the balance of payments and providing employment for people who might otherwise be causing trouble
    (no offence meant to anyone who does work manufacturing cars).

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  • Better still they could get on their bikes like Norman Tebbit’s Father did

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  • A HPCer, stated yesterday that

    ” 300 job losses should equate to 300 repossessed homes on the market”

    Is this the true colour of the HPC quest?

    Do we relish the opportunity of “bagging” a possible 40,000 more giveaways?

    Comments indeed.

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  • How many powerless community support and traffic enforcement officers in the UK?

    That would be a good place to start, followed closely by any posts with liason, outreach, co-ordinator etc….

    Job done

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  • Reading the comments, serious cutbacks look quite popular with the general public.

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  • Captain_mandrake says:

    “and more importantly not one of them is saying “We could drive Honda Civics (or any other British made cars)”

    I have often wondered how they justify driving around in BMW 5 series estates. I’m sure there’s a Chief Constable on every force who’s stock response would be that the total cost of ownership is lower – I’d love to see proof though.

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  • the number cruncher says:

    Smugdog – do you really weep for the new destitute? Or are they just crocodile tears?

    Do you weep for the single mums living in mould infested bedsits and the children coughing all night with lung infections, the domestic violence, the pain of loss and the cries of children?

    I would be interested in your ethical views instead of your glib comments trolling the doom-mongers and goldbugs

    I weep for both and want a world where we see neither – that world will have no house price busts and economic collapses – because it will have no booms.

    You could start by reading up on ethical economics:
    http://www.ethicaleconomics.org.uk/

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  • Shock horror! Daily Fail prints sensational bullsh!t! Exclusive in tomorrow’s paper: bears defecate in tree-rich environments while pope endorses Catholicism.

    Seriously, let’s treat the media for what they are. The Mail is homeownerist pap. The Telegraph is well-written right-wing pap. Every news outlet has a bias (even our dear beeb), so let’s keep things in perspective.

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