Six village PCs face uncertain futures

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 November 2010

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SIX village PCs face uncertain futures amid news of financial cuts across the country.

The beat officers, covering Worle and other rural areas, have had to reapply for their own jobs in light of the recent Government Spending Review and have been told that one position is likely to go.

The loss of the frontline officer would mean that the remaining members of the team would have to take on about another 1,000 houses in their patch, but it is not yet clear how that would be divided.

The officers facing the uncertainty cover Worle, Locking, Hutton, Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford, Puxton, Kewstoke, West Wick and Wick St Lawrence.

Avon and Somerset Police refused to comment this week on what will happen to the team and would not answer questions about what would happen to the axed PC following the change.

It would confirm that no definite decisions have yet been made about potential cuts being explored.

Chief Constable Colin Port said: “A great deal of planning has been undertaken in the past five months to review a number of options that would help us meet different levels of cuts in our budget.

“Inevitably there will be some changes but until we have more detail I will not speculate.

“There are generally held perceptions by some that people in the public sector are neither innovative nor creative in their thinking.

“My experience is the reverse. Our people are our greatest asset and we will do all we can to protect frontline policing in all its guises, visible on the beat and invisible - but not any less valuable - behind the scenes.“

The Mercury understands that the officers were interviewed for their jobs two weeks ago and that it could be another six weeks before a final decision is taken.

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