The numbers of police patrolling the streets of Derbyshire looks set to fall as the force announces a further raft of budget cuts.
The announcement comes as the Government has requested forces up and down the country tighten their belts.
A report into Derbyshire Police’s budget by the commissioner Alan Charles claims the force has already made over £20 million worth of savings since 2010 but admits further cuts will need to be made to both front line police and also in the infrastructure of the constabulary across the county.
Only 16 new officers are expected to be recruited in Derbyshire this year with figures showing they expect to lose a further 80 over the course of the next 12 months. A fall of 64 ‘bobbies’ is likely to impact the amount people see walking the streets.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon told Peak FM in 2014 that a fall in the number of patrol officers might not be as bad as people think with the types of crime changing however Mr Charles says, in the report, that he wouldn’t be surprised if other types of crime increase over the course of the year.
In addition to the reduction in front line police, the force has announced it expects to close up to 58 buildings across the county with stations in Bakewell, Heanor and Long Eaton expected to go.
Reductions are also expected in safer neighbourhood officer, Police Community Support Officers and senior management.
Derbyshire Police, combined with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, are expected to move into new premises on the site of their current headquarters in Ripley in the next two years. Building work on the new facility is due to begin in April with both services saying they will save money once the £14.5 million property opens its doors.