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Manchester Police to cut 3,000 jobs

Tuesday November 16th 2010

The Greater Manchester Police force is to cut employee numbers by almost a quarter over the next four years, it has been revealed.

The force, which is one of the largest in the UK, has announced that it will shed nearly 3,000 posts as it aims to save £134 million in the wake of the Government's spending review.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy said there would be a 23% reduction in employee numbers by the financial year 2014-2015, with 750 civilian employees and 309 officers to go by 2012.

In a report to the Police Authority, the senior officer also said that the force is likely to use a controversial regulation to make officers retire after 30 years' service.

Mr Fahy said officer recruitment had been frozen due to the "significant" impact of the spending review and admitted service levels "could deteriorate", but said work was under way to protect the frontline by cutting back office costs and bureaucracy.

Mr Fahy said: "The force will be required to improve service levels with significantly less resources.

"It is therefore imperative that there is one coherent plan which links the policing priorities with the financial situation."

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