Report says Hampshire police cuts being well handled

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A REPORT has praised Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Police Authority for trying to ‘protect visible policing’ despite government cutbacks.

An inspection was carried out earlier this year by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary which found that both groups considered a range of options for delivering savings and had consulted with the public.

It also said that the force was committed to making sure people could see and make contact with officers on their streets.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: ‘I’m committed to protecting local, visible policing in every neighbourhood, putting police officers and police community support officers at the heart of the community where they are most accessible.

‘We’re doing this through thinking creatively, making best use of technology, collaborating with our partners and talking with our communities to ensure we’re prioritising what matters most to the public.’

It comes as Hampshire Constabulary aims to make £50m of savings by 2015 as well as figures yesterday revealing that nationally 34,000 police jobs will be lost in four years.

Mr Marshall added: ‘I’m confident that we will achieve our aim of delivering a top performing police service across Hampshire at a lower than average cost.’