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Police Federation Cuts Have Consequences campaign warns Isle of Wight could lose Bobbies on the Beat

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 8:30

HUNDREDS of police officers have been lost in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and hundreds more could go soon, due to government cuts, the Police Federation has warned.

Launching its Cuts Have Consequences Campaign (#CutsHaveConsequences), the Police Federation – which represents PCs, sergeants and inspectors  – said Hampshire Constabulary, which is responsible for policing the Isle of Wight, has lost more than 600 officers since 2010.

And it warned another 400 could go in the next two years – spelling the end of Bobbies on the Beat.
Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: "This is not about scaremongering, this is about the cold hard facts."

The Police Federation said people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight could be left with a police force only responding to 999 calls, as a result of what it described as crippling cuts of £80 million that could bring Hampshire Constabulary to its knees.

Mr Apter said: "Police stations have been closed, specialist units have been reduced and police officers are at risk of becoming an endangered species.

"The public is losing vital skills, experience and as a result protection. Police officers will continue to do the very best they can, but with such devastating cuts we ask if our best will be good enough?

"Police officers will simply become people who turn up when there is trouble. When 999 has been called. The only time the public will see a British Bobby is when they are arresting people.

"This is wrong. We need cops in communities. Neighbourhood policing is the lifeblood of policing, where we reassure the public and gather vital intelligence. Including on terrorism. This all requires police officers. And they are being cut at alarming speed."

The Police Federation highlighted how cuts had already hit policing in the Hampshire Constabulary area:
• The number of roads policing officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has fallen by more than a third since 2008.
•  33 police stations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be sold by 2018. Four police stations have already gone – another nine are closing this year
•  Front desks at police stations closed or had their hours reduced in 2012. 
•  Roads reductions – 30 fewer traffic police officers.
•  Dogs gone – 7 police dog handler posts axed.
•  More than 1,400 jobs have been lost at the force so far - total staffing falling from 7,000 to just over 5,500 people.

Mr Apter said:  "Like my colleagues I joined this service to make a difference, but the men and women I represent now say they are policing with their hands tied behind their back.

"They are tired, run ragged, they feel unsupported and under-resourced. They cannot be the police officers they want to be thanks to unprecedented cuts to the policing budget.

"I accept that we must take our fair share of the pain in these austere times, but these cuts are too drastic and too deep."

As part of the #CutsHaveConsequences campaign, the Police Federation has urged people to tell politicians of all parties what they think about policing.

"If people believe that the police service is vital and worth protecting, the please speak up.

 "Let them know that #CutsHaveConsequences - and the only thing you get for less is less," Mr Apter added.

The #CutsHaveConsequences campaign will run across social media, newspaper and bus adverts, highlighting the consequences of cuts to policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 

 


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