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LANCASHIRE Constabulary will no longer be viable by 2020, with the force only responding to emergencies if cuts are given the go ahead, its chief constable has warned.
Steve Finnigan has said the county would be in jeopardy and the force — which covers areas north of Bolton, including Belmont, Edgworth, Chapeltown and Egerton — could become "a purely reactive police force", with potential cuts of between 25% and 40% that he described as "distinctly unfair".
Despite Lancashire Constabulary being one of the best-performing forces in the country, it is one of the hardest hit as a result of the funding formula review carried out by the Government.
The proposed changes to the way forces are awarded grant funding show that Lancashire will be the biggest loser, with an extra 13% cuts - or £24.8 million - on top of the £74 million already made.
The force has already given up 25% of its resource.
Chief warns Lancashire Police will 'not be viable' after 2020 because of funding cuts
"I have no doubt lots more people would be at risk and harmed because of the sheer cuts we are describing to you."
He spoke of the various cuts that the force would have to make including the loss of neighbourhood policing and PCSOs to save £34 million, the closure of every single enquiry desk in the county, the vast majority of road traffic teams would be lost and the loss of the mounted and dogs team.
The cuts would see police officers slashed from 3,611 in 2010 to 1,699 in 2020, a reduction of 1,912 officers (53%).
Support units who deal with public order including drug raids and dealing with violent offenders would also go.
He added: "It wouldn't stop there we would have to take some dramatic cuts to that part of the business that deals with serious and complex crime.
"We would lose a serious proportion of our serious and organised crime unit targeting those criminals who cause the greatest harm.
originally posted by: Maxatoria
When you ring up and tell them that you are being burgled just say that theres no rush and you'll sort them out with grandpa's old ww2 service pistol...2 mins later there will be about 10 cars outside with firearms officers galore and job done
The politicians hate the police but at the same time need them to enforce the rules and this sort of reactionary only service has been going on since really the 1980's as once the miners were sorted out theres no need for such a large slab of muscle