Now its the Met facing cuts

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Now its the Met facing cuts

Post by Bert Moffat » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:10 am

Metropolitan Police Commissioner faces £500m 'cuts challenge'

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has described the challenge facing the force which must find savings of £500m savings by 2015 whilst continuing to fight crime.

There are currently 31,853 officers in the Met and the BBC understands there are suggestions up to 6,000 officer posts and 2,000 civilian staff jobs could go by 2015.

Speaking to BBC London shortly after the first anniversary of his appointment, Mr Hogan-Howe said that by December the scale and scope of the cuts would become clearer and total staff levels could be down to 50,000.

Refusing to speak about exact figures he said the force employed 15,000 civilians and that 1,900 had already been cut. He would not comment about the number of officer posts under threat.

'Leaner' force
"Certainly it would be a worry if that did happen (officer numbers fell below 31,000), but I am hoping we won't... There are always challenges in the wings that we have not seen, so that is why it's vitally important that we do this work and we work out exactly how many people we can employ."

He added: "We were protected a little this year because of the Olympics, because we wanted to make sure we were kept safe in that very testing time but by Christmas we will know very clearly where we are going to find the savings over the next few years."

He said it was possible the force could "end up with more constables than we have ever had, even if we have overall less than 50,000 people".

"We are intent on investing in the frontline and making sure that the people who do the job are out there and keeping London safe," he said.

Despite the "huge" £500m savings target "we will probably end up more efficient, a bit leaner, a bit meaner but we will be effective", pledged the Commissioner.

Among the areas being looked at for possible savings are a cut in management costs, a review of estates across the capital and IT costs.

Mr Hogan-Howe said the force would consult local people before making big changes in local policing.

His appointment as Commissioner in September 2011 followed a period as Acting Commissioner in the period after his predecessor Sir Paul Stephenson's resignation.

"There are currently 31,853 officers in the Met and the BBC understands there are suggestions up to 6,000 officer posts and 2,000 civilian staff jobs could go by 2015." - that's scary!!

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Re: Now its the Met facing cuts

Post by bluecopper » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:18 pm

And they are just kitting out our nick with hundreds of state of the art telephones that you have to log into. Once logged in you are then logged in for 10 hours. Apparently it's meant to be so you have your own extension number so whatever Met building you're in, you take your extension with you. I can see the use, but what a complete waste of money. I dread to think what's its cost.

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Re: Now its the Met facing cuts

Post by falkor » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:55 pm

if you skip to 2.21 you see the MET Commissioner talking (last year) Met PCSO numbers "in flux" - there seems to be no "threat" to either PC numbers nor PCSO numbers


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