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Cheshire Police officers take part in budget cut demonstrations
11:40am Thursday 10th May 2012 in News
MORE than 200 hundred officers from Cheshire Police are taking part in large scale demonstrations against budget cuts in London today, Thursday.
The Cheshire Police Federation is calling the national action the biggest protest in the history of the force.
Simon Roberts, CPF chairman, said: “The purpose is to demonstrate to this Government the strength of feeling that officers have towards the disgraceful way that they are being treated.
“The way that this Government is proposing to change the police service in this country will have a devastating effect on the way that our streets are policed.
“It cannot be the same and it won’t be the same.”
Cheshire Police Authority needs to save £36.5 million by 2015.
The federation believes this could see staff numbers dropping by 659, with 213 officers laid off.
Mr Roberts added: “They will make the police service unfit for purpose. I believe our community engagement will decrease, something has to give.”