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Half of all Norfolk PCSOs could lose their jobs.

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4:14pm 24th June 2014
(Updated 4:14pm 24th June 2014)

350 jobs are set to go at Norfolk Police in what is being described as the most significant review of policing in the county in a generation.

Around £20million needs to be saved by 2018, and it means nearly half of all PCSO's will go.

Paul Ridgway is the chairman of Norfolk's Police Federation:

"I know through speaking to the Chief Constable that he is extremely frustrated in having to make these cuts but moving forward these are stark cuts and I think they will have a devastating effect on the way policing is done."

In a statement from the Chief Constable Simon Bailey said:

"As Chief Constable, it falls upon me to make some very difficult decisions about how our ever diminishing funds are best used to most benefit local communities,” he said.

"These are substantial cuts and mean - despite a huge amount of work already undertaken - that bold steps have to be taken to shield frontline resources as far as possible.

"My priority will always be to preserve our capability to provide an effective 24/7 emergency response, prevent and detect crime and protect the public from harm. Our plans will safeguard both these core functions and our commitment to neighbourhood policing.

"However, the scale of the deficit is such that this cannot be achieved without further reducing our workforce - including some frontline posts. This is the harsh reality but I will be doing everything I can to minimise the impact on both the service we deliver and on my staff.”

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