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Drop in number of West Yorkshire officers

Date posted: February 26, 2016

THERE are now 4,588 police officers in West Yorkshire Police – 1,266 fewer than there were in 2009. Government figures at the end of January showed there are 213 fewer officers in the force than this time last year. In England and Wales, there are now 125,185 officers – 18,549 fewer than in 2010 and…

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Volunteer plan: ‘What we need is a properly funded service’

Date posted: February 19, 2016

Government plans to bring more volunteers into the police service are a “knee jerk response to the obvious void created by budget cuts and 17,000 fewer police officers”, the chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Nick Smart said the proposals “will be confusing for public – with warranted officers, PCSOs, Special constables and…

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Cuts are putting public safety in jeopardy, warns chairman

Date posted: February 12, 2016

PUBLIC safety is being put in jeopardy as fewer police officers lead to a rise in local and national crime, the Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said. Nick Smart (pictured) said it was “no surprise that crime has increased, especially when the number of officers has decreased”. In West Yorkshire, figures show that…

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Negotiations on force’s plans for Taser

Date posted: February 5, 2016

WEST Yorkshire Police Federation is consulting and negotiating with the force on the current Taser deployment policy. Nick Smart, Federation Chairman, said officers “should be as well armed and as well protected as can possibly be, and if that means each officer having a Taser then we would advocate that.” He added: “We are working…

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