Durham Police Authority's front-line 'priority'

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Durham Police Authority says that front-line policing is a priority, despite the force facing £17.5m of cuts over the next four years.

It follows the government's decision to reduce funding by 20%.

Peter Thompson, of the Police Authority, said there were "challenging" times due to the added pressures of local authority cuts.

He said: "Managing cuts of this scale is very challenging for the authority and constabulary."

Redundancy warnings

"It is now more important than ever that our diminishing resources are managed strategically, getting value for money in all areas of spend," Mr Thompson said.

"These are very challenging times, but residents of County Durham and Darlington can be assured that front-line policing continues to be a priority for the authority."

In July, Durham police issued redundancy warnings to all civilian workers in the force, including police community support officers.

The Police Authority said they were continuing discussions with the force, about the necessary reductions in staff numbers from 2011/12 onwards.

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