Posted on 26th July 2012
Chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, Philip Hickson, said today: "Reductions in funding mean that we had to find savings of £24m by March 2015. As staff costs account for around 80 per cent of our total budget expenditure it is inevitable that there will be a reduction in the number of people employed by the Constabulary.
"However, thanks to careful planning and prudent spending, we are now in a comparatively stronger position than many forces nationally and we have considerable reserves available to be invested in recruitment. This will allow us to protect the loss of any further posts as well as strengthen our presence in the community and improve the way we respond to the public.
"The key thing is that the Constabulary has the resilience to continue to deliver an effective police service that keeps Derbyshire residents safe. The consistently reducing crime figures and high levels of confidence are testament to the fact that by working differently and at times in collaboration with other forces, we are achieving this.
"It is also a fact that while collaborative projects (including the newly formed East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU)) increase our resilience and efficiency, the way in which the Home Office calculates police force strength, means it has excluded those officers and staff from our overall headcount.”