Police commissioner hails balanced budget

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St Helens’ Police Commissioner has warned that government cutbacks will continue to have an impact on policing in the borough.

However, Jane Kennedy said she had completed her first year in office with a balanced budget as well as delivering £9.25m of savings.

She said: “The conclusion of my first full year in office has given me the opportunity to reflect on a busy and challenging, yet productive 12 months in office.

“The highlight of this year has been the engagement with many diverse communities across Merseyside, in council meetings, neighbourhood watch meetings, problem solving groups and residents associations, listening and acting on what people have told me they want to see from policing in our region.

“However, it must be made clear that we are fast approaching a tipping point. If the coalition government’s reckless programme of cuts continue with the speed and severity proposed Merseyside Police simply will not be able to deliver the same excellent level of service that people in our region expect and deserve.

“I fear that by 2018 Merseyside Police will have been forced to cut their workforce by 40 per cent - a massive reduction in the strength.”