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Reshaping Nottinghamshire Police

24/11/2010

The financial challenges facing Nottinghamshire Police over the coming years are significant.

Realising that ambition and making the necessary savings will create the opportunity for the force to redesign how it delivers policing services in the future.

Following the government’s spending review, the force anticipates having to save tens of millions of pounds from its annual budget over the next four years.

At the same time Chief Constable Julia Hodson believes Nottinghamshire can become the country’s best performing police force by 2015.

Nottinghamshire will find out next month (December) exactly how much it will receive in government funding. The scale of this challenge means that, for the past few months, the force has been exploring every opportunity to make savings.

These include the force structure, custody provision, vehicle fleet, IT systems, finance, resource and business services, the estate, and further opportunities to provide services in collaboration with other forces and partner agencies.

However, despite these efforts the force still expects a reduction in police officer and police staff numbers.

A paper setting out the anticipated financial challenges and the options, which need to be considered in order to reshape the force, went before the Police Authority on Wednesday 24 November.

On Wednesday 15 December a detailed paper will be presented to the authority in which members will be asked to consider the three options; voluntary and compulsory redundancy schemes for police staff and the use of Regulation A19 of the Police Pension Regulations 1987 - the compulsory retirement of police officers with 30 years’ pensionable service on the grounds of efficiency.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “We are shaping an organisation for the future that continues to improve our service to the public, protects front line services and focuses firmly on neighbourhood policing. This all has to be done on reduced funding.

Today’s paper to the Police Authority is part of our consultation with stakeholders, staff associations and unions. It will give members the time to fully consider all the options before a more detailed paper is presented on 15 December.

We face some tough challenges over the next few months but there is a focus and determination among all staff, despite the difficulties ahead, to make Nottinghamshire the best performing force, and the safest place in England and Wales, by 2015.”

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