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Lincolnshire to lose police officers following budget cuts

More than 70 police and community support officers will be lost from Lincolnshire due to a £3.2 million budget cut.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly said 'tough choices' had to be made following the Government’s announcement of the funding settlement.

Police officer numbers will reduce by 40 to 1,060 while Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will drop from 118 to 85.

Lincolnshire Police Constable Bill SKelly (7102031)
Lincolnshire Police Constable Bill SKelly (7102031)

The reduction will be achieved by not replacing all resignations and retirements, while it is hoped some PCSOs will train as police officers.

One in 10 support staff posts will also be cut.

Mr Skelly said: "We have made significant savings over several years and are working hard to increase our efficiency by investing in technology to provide a safe policing service to Lincolnshire."

Chairman of Lincolnshire Police Federation, Jon Hassall, said: "The prospect of losing 40 officers from our already stretched front line is certainly going to undermine our ability to continue to deliver a quality service to the people of Lincolnshire."

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