Jobs go as Isle of Man police make cut backs

Chief Constable Mike Langdon defends the cuts

The Isle of Man constabulary has announced the loss of up to 10 jobs and the closure of two police stations, as part of government cut backs.

The force has been instructed by home affairs officials to make savings of £600,000 within the next year.

It is thought four police posts will be lost through retirement while other posts will go in administration.

Police stations in Onchan and Braddan will also be closed in the next few months in an effort to make savings.

Chief constable Mike Langdon said he had no alternative but to reduce staffing levels.

'Constant challenge'

"The Isle of Man enjoys one of the safest environments to live and work. My officers and staff will do everything they can to ensure this continues," he said.

"Plans are in place to ensure that the most affected areas will continue to receive a high standard of policing."

Other changes include an end to the Eastern neighbourhood scheme covering Onchan, Braddan, Laxey and Lonan, with some officers being transferred to Douglas.

Home affairs minister Juan Watterson said: "It will be a constant challenge to maintain historically low crime rates, public engagement and a quality service, especially in difficult financial times.

"However I am proud of the dedication of our constabulary and know they will continue to do their best to ensure that the island remains one of the safest places to live in the British Isles".

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