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Police job loses are 'inevitable'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

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Future job losses among Devon and Cornwall Police support staff are "inevitable", a senior officer has admitted, after the force launched a review of four of its departments.

The force has already been hit by budget cuts, losing around 400 police officers and a similar number of civilian staff after being required to save £51 million between 2010-11 and 2014-15.

It has to find a further £2.5million next year after the Home Office "top sliced" budgets to pay for centralised projects. And Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has warned that a further £27 million could be wiped from its finances between 2015 and 2018.

No police stations are expected to close although some front counters could go.

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: " "We fully recognise that this will be an anxious time for staff."

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