Hundreds of jobs to go at Essex Police and more stations to close in next two years

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh

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HUNDREDS of jobs will be cut at Essex Police and more stations will close in the next two years.

Another 200 officers, 100 PCSOs and hundreds of police staff positions are at risk due to Government cuts.

At the same time, the force has to invest in infrastructure amid claims a number of police buildings are no longer fit for purpose.

The revelations come a day after Essex Police announced major restructuring which will see:

  • The force move 500 officers from response hubs and specialist teams into neighbourhood and local policing
  • 60 specialist posts cut
  • Essex Police working with £78million less a year by 2016 than it had in 2010.

A recruitment drive was also launched yesterday.

The cuts will help save £3million.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has not yet revealed which stations will be next on the growing list of closures, or where specifically the additional officer cuts will come from. He said: “The number of officers is going to reduce.

“Over the next three years we expect it to go to 3,000.

“We will put resources where they are most needed.

“I am a supporter of the PCSO model and we want to build on what PCSOs can do, but the number will go down to 250.”

The force is hoping to increase the number of Special Constables, highly-trained volunteers, from 440 to 560.

See the full story in today's newspaper.

 

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11:51am Wed 21 May 14

roger moore says...

i seriously hope next year we get rid of this awful self serving vile tory government, they are ruining the country.
i seriously hope next year we get rid of this awful self serving vile tory government, they are ruining the country. roger moore
  • Score: 12

11:54am Wed 21 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose.

Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?
From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose. Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 14

12:25pm Wed 21 May 14

SLord90 says...

We already lack police! let alone get rid of more! ridiculous!

May aswell just get rid of them completely at the rate this is going!
We already lack police! let alone get rid of more! ridiculous! May aswell just get rid of them completely at the rate this is going! SLord90
  • Score: 7

1:00pm Wed 21 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Quick turn off all the streetlights so robbers muggers and other criminals are too scared to go out at night......
Quick turn off all the streetlights so robbers muggers and other criminals are too scared to go out at night...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Wed 21 May 14

emcee says...

Quote, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh: “I am a supporter of the PCSO model and we want to build on what PCSOs can do..."
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Every walk of life is rife with its cowboy traders, tradesmen and workers and the police service is no different. It is all about efforts to get the job done as cheap as possible, regardless of quality. The PCSO model is exactly that. With PCSOs, as with every other cowboy industry, you get what you pay for... not a lot.
The thing is that Mr Kavanagh fails to understand is that policing requires quality and real results, not cheap, quick-fixes to satisfy the statisticians and number crunchers.
Quote, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh: “I am a supporter of the PCSO model and we want to build on what PCSOs can do..." - Every walk of life is rife with its cowboy traders, tradesmen and workers and the police service is no different. It is all about efforts to get the job done as cheap as possible, regardless of quality. The PCSO model is exactly that. With PCSOs, as with every other cowboy industry, you get what you pay for... not a lot. The thing is that Mr Kavanagh fails to understand is that policing requires quality and real results, not cheap, quick-fixes to satisfy the statisticians and number crunchers. emcee
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Wed 21 May 14

Weazelbum says...

Utterly frustrating to hear news like this. At a time when Colchester appears to be going down the pan and needs all the experienced officers it can get. *shakes head in disbelief* We're constantly told we're one of the richest nations in the world, I don't know about you but it doesn't bloody feel like it with this never ending barrage of cuts :-/.
Utterly frustrating to hear news like this. At a time when Colchester appears to be going down the pan and needs all the experienced officers it can get. *shakes head in disbelief* We're constantly told we're one of the richest nations in the world, I don't know about you but it doesn't bloody feel like it with this never ending barrage of cuts :-/. Weazelbum
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Wed 21 May 14

RonnieClegg says...

Where's our glorious Police and Crime Commissioner in all this? Conspicuous by his absence, as usual. Get rid of him and it would pay for a few officers.
Where's our glorious Police and Crime Commissioner in all this? Conspicuous by his absence, as usual. Get rid of him and it would pay for a few officers. RonnieClegg
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Wed 21 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Weazelbum wrote:
Utterly frustrating to hear news like this. At a time when Colchester appears to be going down the pan and needs all the experienced officers it can get. *shakes head in disbelief* We're constantly told we're one of the richest nations in the world, I don't know about you but it doesn't bloody feel like it with this never ending barrage of cuts :-/.
There's an 'n' missing from the last sentence there......
[quote][p][bold]Weazelbum[/bold] wrote: Utterly frustrating to hear news like this. At a time when Colchester appears to be going down the pan and needs all the experienced officers it can get. *shakes head in disbelief* We're constantly told we're one of the richest nations in the world, I don't know about you but it doesn't bloody feel like it with this never ending barrage of cuts :-/.[/p][/quote]There's an 'n' missing from the last sentence there...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

4:11pm Wed 21 May 14

HARRY438 says...

Plastics ,keep or dump? -You decide!!
Plastics ,keep or dump? -You decide!! HARRY438
  • Score: -3

4:25pm Wed 21 May 14

mirokou says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose.

Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?
No Police officers will be made redundant , because they cannot be by law. Due to restructuring (renaming) the response teams just go back to shift at main Police stations , so its not an additional 500 on the front line ,they're already there in Ford Focus's , just renamed.. Specialist post has been natural wastage over the past 12 months due to leavers , promotion etc.. Essex are recruiting because new recruits are leaving in droves , due to government change in pay and work conditions and policy directing crime and general Policing investigations, every agency wants a slice of the Police cake and the model is now unworkable…If you are thinking of joining may i suggest you stop and speak to an officer with a few years under their belt..Buyer beware, this is not TV.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose. Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?[/p][/quote]No Police officers will be made redundant , because they cannot be by law. Due to restructuring (renaming) the response teams just go back to shift at main Police stations , so its not an additional 500 on the front line ,they're already there in Ford Focus's , just renamed.. Specialist post has been natural wastage over the past 12 months due to leavers , promotion etc.. Essex are recruiting because new recruits are leaving in droves , due to government change in pay and work conditions and policy directing crime and general Policing investigations, every agency wants a slice of the Police cake and the model is now unworkable…If you are thinking of joining may i suggest you stop and speak to an officer with a few years under their belt..Buyer beware, this is not TV. mirokou
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Wed 21 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Too many chiefs and not enough front line officers.
Too many chiefs and not enough front line officers. John Bull 40
  • Score: 6

5:28pm Wed 21 May 14

whateverhappened says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Too many chiefs and not enough front line officers.
Too many new BMW estates not enough front line officers
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: Too many chiefs and not enough front line officers.[/p][/quote]Too many new BMW estates not enough front line officers whateverhappened
  • Score: 7

5:34pm Wed 21 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

mirokou wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose.

Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?
No Police officers will be made redundant , because they cannot be by law. Due to restructuring (renaming) the response teams just go back to shift at main Police stations , so its not an additional 500 on the front line ,they're already there in Ford Focus's , just renamed.. Specialist post has been natural wastage over the past 12 months due to leavers , promotion etc.. Essex are recruiting because new recruits are leaving in droves , due to government change in pay and work conditions and policy directing crime and general Policing investigations, every agency wants a slice of the Police cake and the model is now unworkable…If you are thinking of joining may i suggest you stop and speak to an officer with a few years under their belt..Buyer beware, this is not TV.
I bow to your knowledge regarding redundancies so I suppose the many senior officers who are going are either taking medical severance or early retirement.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose. Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?[/p][/quote]No Police officers will be made redundant , because they cannot be by law. Due to restructuring (renaming) the response teams just go back to shift at main Police stations , so its not an additional 500 on the front line ,they're already there in Ford Focus's , just renamed.. Specialist post has been natural wastage over the past 12 months due to leavers , promotion etc.. Essex are recruiting because new recruits are leaving in droves , due to government change in pay and work conditions and policy directing crime and general Policing investigations, every agency wants a slice of the Police cake and the model is now unworkable…If you are thinking of joining may i suggest you stop and speak to an officer with a few years under their belt..Buyer beware, this is not TV.[/p][/quote]I bow to your knowledge regarding redundancies so I suppose the many senior officers who are going are either taking medical severance or early retirement. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

6:14pm Wed 21 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

If The Chief has to make the decisions especially ones such as this then go with it.
Pease all of you stop moaning and whinging support them pull your socks up and let's get on with it.
I mean what do you think he is there for and PCC Alston?
We are lucky we could still have Baker and "Pursey" Mr One Liner Chambers..
That would seriously be something to moan about..
LOOK we are in good hands here go with it. AVPG: I have faith
If The Chief has to make the decisions especially ones such as this then go with it. Pease all of you stop moaning and whinging support them pull your socks up and let's get on with it. I mean what do you think he is there for and PCC Alston? We are lucky we could still have Baker and "Pursey" Mr One Liner Chambers.. That would seriously be something to moan about.. LOOK we are in good hands here go with it. AVPG: I have faith A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Wed 21 May 14

The Six Million Dollar Man* says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose.

Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?
B*llS*iT Im afraid, the Army do it all the time and it never affects them, that's a Cop out excuse you have made. Less pay to new blood starting out means more boots on the ground. Experience can be got hard and fast, its called survival.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: From this report it looks like they want to get rid of the experienced officers and replace them with new recruits by launching a new recruitment drive. New recruits will cost less in lower pay and conditions which will save on salaries. However, the hundreds of experienced officers who lose their jobs will cost the tax payers £millions in redundancy payouts and the residents of Essex will not have a police service that is fit for purpose. Does any of this really make sense or is Stephen Kavanagh just playing with the figures to meet the needs of his political masters?[/p][/quote]B*llS*iT Im afraid, the Army do it all the time and it never affects them, that's a Cop out excuse you have made. Less pay to new blood starting out means more boots on the ground. Experience can be got hard and fast, its called survival. The Six Million Dollar Man*
  • Score: -5

11:59pm Wed 21 May 14

Nebs says...

If people stopped being naughty then this wouldn't be a problem. Get the judges to lock them up, then the Police will only have to catch the same burglar, mugger, drug dealer, once instead of fifty times.
If people stopped being naughty then this wouldn't be a problem. Get the judges to lock them up, then the Police will only have to catch the same burglar, mugger, drug dealer, once instead of fifty times. Nebs
  • Score: 1

9:17am Thu 22 May 14

The Six Million Dollar Man* says...

16 voices of opinion representing 1.5 Million hardly a riot.
He knows what he is doing we don't.
Leave it to the professionals.
16 voices of opinion representing 1.5 Million hardly a riot. He knows what he is doing we don't. Leave it to the professionals. The Six Million Dollar Man*
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Thu 22 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.
Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime. Mark Goacher
  • Score: -3

12:29pm Thu 22 May 14

The-Professionals says...

Mark Goacher wrote:
Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.
Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now !
having said that Labour were no better.
next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised.
[quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.[/p][/quote]Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now ! having said that Labour were no better. next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised. The-Professionals
  • Score: -3

12:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Mark Goacher says...

The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote:
Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.
Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now !
having said that Labour were no better.
next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised.
Given that the Lib Dems have happily voted for most of the cuts (not all I'll accept) including changes to police pensions, I hardly think that they offer something new.
[quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.[/p][/quote]Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now ! having said that Labour were no better. next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised.[/p][/quote]Given that the Lib Dems have happily voted for most of the cuts (not all I'll accept) including changes to police pensions, I hardly think that they offer something new. Mark Goacher
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Thu 22 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

The-Professionals wrote:
Mark Goacher wrote: Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.
Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now ! having said that Labour were no better. next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised.
Whilst you're at it, I guess we should hand over the Treasury to a bunch of five year old kids?

The Lib Dems can do no better.. In fact, I have more confidence in the 5 year olds running this country than the lot we have at the moment (or may have in future) to be perfectly honest.
[quote][p][bold]The-Professionals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Goacher[/bold] wrote: Cutting the police, attacking their pensions, condemning the Police Federation..... hardly a good idea for the government to be pursuing this approach while at the same time presenting themselves as tough on crime.[/p][/quote]Most of them round here voted for the blue bloods, there is an old saying you pay for what you get, well? youre paying now ! having said that Labour were no better. next year why don't we all try something new and allow Clegg to go it alone with the LIB DEMS you just all might be surprised.[/p][/quote]Whilst you're at it, I guess we should hand over the Treasury to a bunch of five year old kids? The Lib Dems can do no better.. In fact, I have more confidence in the 5 year olds running this country than the lot we have at the moment (or may have in future) to be perfectly honest. oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Thu 22 May 14

sesibollox says...

Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it.
Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police
Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it. Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police sesibollox
  • Score: 5

8:25pm Thu 22 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

sesibollox wrote:
Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it.
Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police
How can this Policeman get paid more than the prime minister ?
What exactly does the Crime commissioner do, for his 85 Grand ?
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it. Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police[/p][/quote]How can this Policeman get paid more than the prime minister ? What exactly does the Crime commissioner do, for his 85 Grand ? VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Thu 22 May 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

You have our bloody council tax...NOW POLICE OUR STREETS !
You have our bloody council tax...NOW POLICE OUR STREETS ! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 5

12:03am Fri 23 May 14

stevedawson says...

Well said something to say.
Well said something to say. stevedawson
  • Score: -1

10:04pm Fri 23 May 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

sesibollox wrote:
Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it.
Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police
Do you want to say that one very slowly again? Try that one at the new Trust they are sitting on? Does anyone remember the days of the blog posts on the net from his own staff and the remark recently made about Carmel Napier.
Hot Fuzz comes to mind.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Chief Constable Roger Baker had the right idea, bring your toothbrush, if you intend breaking the law, as you wont get away with it. Whilst this new so called Chief earns a staggering £190,000 plus quid, the PCC £85,000 plus quid, look forward to cutting the very people who acted with integrity and decency, bringing to justice so many criminals, and allowing other senior officers to be promoted, through those arrest figure manipulations, Teresa May has only touched on this mess, called the Police[/p][/quote]Do you want to say that one very slowly again? Try that one at the new Trust they are sitting on? Does anyone remember the days of the blog posts on the net from his own staff and the remark recently made about Carmel Napier. Hot Fuzz comes to mind. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 0

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