Police facing £1.4m cuts

A POLICE authority is facing cuts of £1.4m next year.

Durham Police Authority is expecting to have to save the sum in the second year of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

An authority meeting heard that early retirement and redundancy is expected to save £135,000 from the beginning of 2012/13, but that is expected to increase throughout the year.

Reduced demand for training, agreed lowering of mobile phone tariffs, and savings in ICT are set to save further cash.

The chairman of Durham Police Authority, Peter Thompson, said: “Despite the financial pressures and uncertainties as a result of the review, Durham Constabulary continues to be one of the country’s top performing police forces.”