Scores of Calderdale’s police officers to join mass anti-cuts protest in London tomorrow

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SCORES of police officers from Calderdale will take to the streets of London tomorrow to protest against cuts.

Around 40,000 off-duty officers, including more than 700 from West Yorkshire and 80 from Calderdale, are expected to take part in the mass march.

Vice-chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation Jon Christopher said the officers want to highlight the 20 per cent funding cuts being imposed by the Government and “massive changes” being suggested by Tom Winsor in his review of policing.

The recommendations include lower starting salaries for constables and direct entry at inspector and superintendent level.

Mr Christopher said the 20 per cent cuts to police budgets would have an impact on the level of police service to the public.

“That 20 per cent is equivalent to one in five streets that won’t get patrolled,” he said, “It’s quite a startling figure.

“We want to put pressure on the Government and Home Secretary to realise this isn’t the way forward.”

Government-imposed spending cuts have so far led to West Yorkshire Police losing 1,441 staff over the last two years.

Moves to cut the force’s costs have also so far seen traffic cops no longer based in Calderdale and instead deployed out of Bradford.

Scenes of Crimes Officers are also no longer based at Halifax Police Station, now working from three centres in Leeds, Bradford and Heckmondwike.

West Yorkshire Police’s 20 per cent budge cut is equivalent to around £96 million.

This is the first police march of its kind since 2008. Officers are expected to march past the Home Office and down Whitehall in London.