South Yorkshire police chiefs review management of demand for services

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South Yorkshire Police chiefs have admitted they may be forced to deal with demand differently as budget cuts bite.

With Government funding cuts leaving South Yorkshire Police having to save £49 million and police officer numbers falling to save cash, a review is now underway looking at how the force can meet demand with depleting resources.

This week, as the force handed out 330 tablet devices to officers across South Yorkshire to keep them out in communities rather than in police stations, it emerged that a review is underway looking at how the force can continue to function with falling officer numbers and a reducing budget.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said: “We need to do the same job with less people.

“Part of our force review is looking at how we deal with demand and at this stage we are not saying we will stop dealing with it but we will deal with it differently.

“This will involve dealing with the issues that are important to communities by talking to local people to help us prioritise.”

The tablet devices were paid for with a £500,000 College of Policing grant and £300,000 from former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright before his resignation last month.