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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Loss of 100 Bradford police officers in five years sparks public safety fears

Loss of 100 Bradford police officers in five years sparks public safety fears

Loss of 100 Bradford police officers in five years sparks public safety fears

THERE are fears that public safety is being put at risk by police budget cuts after it emerged that Bradford had lost more than 100 officers in the last five years.
And across West Yorkshire as a whole, the number of police officers has fallen by more than 1,000 in the same period - figures described as concerning by police representatives and an MP.
But West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said his latest budget, approved last month, meant around 300 police officers could be recruited in the next 12 months as the Force started to "rebuild."
THERE are fears that public safety is being put at risk by police budget cuts after it emerged that Bradford had lost more than 100 officers in the last five years.
And across West Yorkshire as a whole, the number of police officers has fallen by more than 1,000 in the same period - figures described as concerning by police representatives and an MP.
But West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said his latest budget, approved last month, meant around 300 police officers could be recruited in the next 12 months as the Force started to "rebuild."
West Yorkshire Police, responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Telegraph & Argus, said the number of police officers employed by the force at October 31, 2015, was 4,674, compared with 5,717 at October 31, 2010. In Bradford, the figure fell from 975 in 2010 to 862 last year.
Civilian employees dropped from 4,543 to 3,890 in West Yorkshire, and from 499 to 371 in Bradford; while the number of PCSOs fell from 737 to 595 forcewide, and from 199 to 155 in Bradford.

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