BRITAIN’S most cash-strapped police force has lost 1,038 officers in eight years due to budget cuts, its chief constable has revealed.
Northumbria Police has had its funding slashed by 25 per cent — the most in the country — since the start of government-imposed austerity measures.
The force has lost 244 police community support officers and 679 other staff, sold most of its buildings and closed all but one station to the public after 8pm.
Chief constable Winton Keenen (pictured) wrote on the force’s website: ‘As a direct consequence of the significant budget reductions, we have seen unprecedented reductions in our officers and staff numbers.’ His staff has decreased by 27 per cent overall.
The £142million cut in funding has also seen crime rise by 86 per cent since 2010.
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