Norfolk police to cut 640 jobs including 350 officers

Norfolk police is to stop recruiting police officers and other staff in a bid to lose a total of 640 posts.

The cuts are in response to a 16% drop in government funding that amounts to £24m over four years.

About 350 police officer posts will go as well as 60 community support officer posts and 230 civilian jobs.

Some of the cuts will be achieved by a freeze on recruitment and the creation of more joint units serving both Norfolk and Suffolk.

Norfolk's Chief Constable Phil Gormley said preserving frontline services would remain the priority.

Mr Gormley said: "Our emergency response will remain our top priority - people can be assured that when they urgently need our help we will be with them as soon as we possibly can.

"We also know that people value seeing a uniform presence as it helps engender a sense of safety and security.

"Our challenge will be to balance the number of officers available for neighbourhood duties with the number required to maintain the speed of our emergency response."

The force said it had already saved £18m over the past four years.

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