BREAKING NEWS: Warwickshire Police offer staff redundancy

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WARWICKSHIRE Police has today (Wednesday) offered staff the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy as part of the force’s plans to reduce its spending by £22.9m by March 31, 2015.

All members of staff with more than two years continuous service have been invited to consider volunteering for redundancy.

Staff who choose to consider this will enter an eight to ten week process, during which they will be offered financial packages in line with the force’s current redundancy rates.

Not all applications for voluntary redundancy will be accepted but the force has to cut £22.9m from its budget by March 31, 2015 and much of this will come from a reduction in both officer and staff posts.

All applications will be reviewed and decisions made on the basis of reducing costs whilst maintaining operational effectiveness for Warwickshire Police.

Full consultation has taken place with unions and staff associations.

Chief Constable Keith Bristow said: “We value our workforce of committed and talented people. Our police staff fulfil a wide range of crucial policing roles including public facing roles such as PCSOs, Scenes of Crime Officers and those in the Communications Centre, as well as specialist professional services in areas such as Human Resources and Finance.

“Losing staff is not something we want to do, but something we have to do in order to make the budget cuts required of us.

“We have to reduce our spending by a total of £22.9 million by the end of March 2015.

“The settlement packages which will be offered for those choosing voluntary redundancy will allow staff to leave the organisation by their own choice.”