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Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “There is no question that cuts of this scale will be painful to the organisation and will be felt by residents.
“Finding further significant savings of nearly £15 million over the next two years will mean fundamental changes to policing and tough decisions about what we do in the future. It will also mean fewer police officers and staff, with over 200 more policing posts now at risk to meet the required savings.
“Over the coming weeks, we will be working through the detail of the Government’s announcement. I will be talking to the public about the tough decisions we face and I will carry out a full discussion with residents about any possible increases to the policing part of the council tax to protect front line officers.
“Clearly, there are huge challenges ahead however the priority remains to keep residents safe and feeling safe and that will be my focus.”
People are being asked to have their say on the policing part of the council tax online at www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk or at local events. To see if the Commissioner is visiting your area visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk .
For more information click here to read 'Our Financial Future' paper.
To read a letter to residents from PCC Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan click here.
Posted on Friday 28th June 2013