Dorset Police may lose another 322 officers and staff by 2014-15, returning the force to resource levels last seen in the 1980s.
The claim is made by Chief Constable Martin Baker and Police Authority Chairman Michael Taylor in a letter that warns there is an “increased risk of operating from increasingly ageing assets, including estates, technology, vehicles and specialist equipment.”
Dorset P0lice is the fourth lowest spending force in England and Wales, with a high proportion of its budget spent on frontline officers, and Mr Baker and Mr Taylor say a great deal of change has already been undertaken to deliver savings – £10 million since the Government announced the Comprehensive Spending Review.
But the force must make another £10 million of savings before 2014-15 and is reviewing the future of its marine section, including ways of working with other police forces and organisations.
Recorded crime was at its lowest level for 14-year at the end of 2011-12 and in the first quarter of 2012-13 the reduction increased by a further 14 per cent on last year.