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Jane Kennedy urges Home Secretary to protect vital police services

Merseyside / June 26

Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, urged Theresa May to protect police budgets and to assist urban police forces like Merseyside to remain effective by minimising further budg

Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, urged Theresa May to protect police budgets and to assist urban police forces like Merseyside to remain effective by minimising further budget cuts.

Jane Kennedy said, “Merseyside Police lost almost 1000 people including over 600 police officers in the last three years. Big cuts in the budget for 2015 will potentially cripple their ability to maintain vital frontline services which protect the public and maintain safe communities.”

Editors Notes:

Following the government’s announcement of its Comprehensive Spending Review for 2015, it has become clear that Home Office funding will be reduced by 6% in 2015/16. At this stage, what percentage of this reduction will be passed on to the Police Service is unknown. However, 6% reduction would result in Merseyside Police facing a £15m reduction in its funding in 2015/16.  This would be equivalent to a reduction of 300 Police Officers.