Budget cuts mean less police officers in Calderdale

Halifax police station, Richmond Close
Halifax police station, Richmond Close

There are 24 less police officers in Calderdale because of Government spending cuts.

The number of officers, not including PCSOs, has dropped from 360 to 336 over the last two years.

Police chiefs say they are working hard to prevent the cuts hitting front line roles.

The Government is slashing police budgets by 20 per cent by 2015.

Superintendent Martin Lister said: “Calderdale, like other West Yorkshire divisions and departments, is working hard to ensure that reductions in policing budgets have the minimum impact on front line police officers, and most of these reductions have been from non-front line roles.

“The division is in the process of restructuring its resources to ensure the effects of the budget cuts are minimised in the core areas of response and neighbourhood policing, and criminal investigations. A good number of these officer reductions were as a result of moves to the Western Area Roads’ Policing Unit during a recent restructure and still provide a policing presence throughout Calderdale.”

Calderdale Police is selling police stations in Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Ovenden and Hebden Bridge to save money.