New officers will ‘not solve shortage’

Rachel Baines
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Plans to recruit 100 new police officers in Lancashire will do little to ease the pressure on an already threadbare service, it has been claimed.

Rachel Baines, chair of the county’s Police Federation, has welcomed the news that recruitment will begin again after a five-year gap. But she has warned “the force is not growing in officer numbers, nor will members of our communities see more officers on the beat.”

Lancashire is in the process of losing almost 700 officers in a £60m cost-cutting operation ordered by the Government. “Officers are leaving the constabulary through natural wastage and these 100 will not do much to ease the current pressures placed on serving officers,” she added.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw stressed it did not mean the total number of officers would be increasing. “I must be very clear, I have told residents I could not give them more police officers and that remains the case,” he said.

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