Police Chief outlines cuts

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SUFFOLK’S POLICE Chief has outlined how the force will cut its budget by £13.6 million over the next four years.

At a briefing at Suffolk Police Headquarters in Martlesham, Chief Constable Simon Ash said that there would be around 300 job losses to the force, approximately 100 of them front-line police officers.

Mr Ash also outlined plans to modify existing fire stations in Ixworth, Debenham and Elmswell to accommodate police officers and to merge some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s protective services, such as dog teams, into units that will serve a wider area.

Mr Ash said a merged fire and police station set up in Framlingham earlier this year is running smoothly and that more merged stations may be created in the future.

He said: “Once the stations in Ixworth, Debenham and Elmswell are under way we will look at what others would make sense to change.

“What we are desperate to try and do is preserve the number of constables and PCSO’s in neighbourhoods because they are the face of policing to the public.”

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