Police chief predicts hard times

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Derbyshire’s Chief Constable has warned that it is going to be “really hard” for his force over the next few years as Government funding cuts start to take effect.

Mick Creedon spoke of his concerns at a public meeting he hosted in Chesterfield to give him the chance to talk to local residents about what the future holds for their police service as cuts totalling £24 million are made over the next four years.

He said 999 response times were unlikely to increase even though officers numbers would have to be reduced to save cash.

During the meeting at the Winding Wheel he said he “would not accept” any impact on victims of crime.

He said: “In terms of how we deal with victims there will be no effect. I’m not accepting any reduction in service in terms of our investigating crimes.

“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say it’s going to get really hard, any organisation that’s cut by 20 per cent will struggle to deliver.”

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