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Scotland Yard to cut senior ranks in £500m savings plan

The Metropolitan Police plans to cut the number of senior officers by a quarter to help save £500m by 2015.

The force would replace 1,200 officers of sergeant and above with 2,000 new PCs to make savings of about £60m.

A total of 3,500 civilian posts would also go, saving £60m, if the proposals are approved next year.

But the Metropolitan Police Federation said the cuts were "too deep and too fast" and would affect the quality of policing.

BBC London's Victoria Hollins spoke to London Mayor Boris Johnson and London Assembly Member Labour member John Biggs.

  • 20 Nov 2012
  • From the section London