Force chiefs clarify loss of police officer posts

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DERBYSHIRE Police chiefs have reassured residents about the number of officers serving the county.

The move comes after Home Office figures suggested the force had shed 156 posts over the last year.

Derbyshire Police said it wanted to ‘clarify’ the figures, which cover the period September 2010 to September 2011.

The force said the 7.5 per cent reduction included police officers who have transferred to regional groups such as the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

Assistant chief constable Dee Collins, of Derbyshire Police, said: “In reality these officers still provide valuable service to keep the people of Derbyshire safe.”