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Nottinghamshire swap stations for staff in budget shake up

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

As Nottinghamshire Police have been pushed to reduce their operating budget by £42.3m by March 2015, the force aim to continue their recruitment drive at the cost of closing stations.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner annouced that although he had "serious concerns" about creating a balanced spending plan, he had managed to create one. Although this is in part due to the cutting of funding to various police departments.

The force still intend to recruit 150 uniformed officers, and while the planned savings are swerving past a fall in personnel, other key assets are at risk. Although the idea has received criticism, Nottingham's central police station has been put up for sale due to high running costs.

Another solution put forward to making savings would be to utilise civillians in roles that require specialist knowledge and experience. For example hi-tech crime and internet fraud, Mr Tipping stated the irrelevance of whether the person applying such knowledge was a warranted officer or not.

There has also been a 1.96% rise in the policing portion of council tax for Band D households.