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Cuts "will not affect safety"
12:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in Headlines
DORSET Police say it will keep putting the public first – despite needing to make £10million of cuts by 2015.
Police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill and senior staff are reviewing a range of functions in order to meet drastic cuts over the next two years.
Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “We have made significant savings over the past three years but these remain challenging times.
“We must find alternative, more cost-efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering our services.
“Between January 2010 and December 2012, we have already made savings of around £10million. We have achieved this without cutting back our frontline services, but through a process of review and reshaping.”
Dorset Police has seen a drop in crime including serious sexual assaults, robberies and antisocial behaviour.
Mr Underhill said: “The focus must remain on continuing to protect frontline services while minimising waste.
“It is true to say that frontline services may look a little different, but provided the public remain at the heart of policing in Dorset we can ensure good service is continued.”