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Hundreds of jobs at risk warn police as budget cuts unveiled

Dyfed-Powys Police say more than 250 jobs are likely to go at the force

Hundreds of jobs could be cut across the four Welsh police forces after the UK government published its planned police budgets for the next two years.

South Wales Police Authority says “some “painful decisions are going to have to be made” while Dyfed-Powys Police has warned that between 250 and 350 jobs are at risk in the force area.

While ex-home office minister Alun Michael has described the situation as “extremely worrying”.

Every force in England and Wales has had the same percentage reduction in funding, the Home Office said.

Welsh Office Minister David Jones said cuts of 5.1% in 2011/12 and 6.7% in 2012/13 would be “challenging” but that frontline policing can be protected by cutting backroom waste.

He said all Welsh forces were embarking on a period of major change, but would continue to protect the public;

“Welsh forces can make the necessary savings while protecting the front line and prioritising the visibility and availability of policing.

“By cutting out costs and scrapping bureaucracy we are saving hundreds of millions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of man hours across the UK, enabling our police officers to be out on the streets chasing criminals instead of spending their time in the office chasing targets.”

But police forces across Wales have said that services will inevitably be affected by the cuts which ar elikely to translate into job losses.

Delyth Humfryes, chair of Dyfed Powys Police Authority, said it faced cash reductions of £7.012m, or 11.5%, over the next two years.

“Cuts of this magnitude will inevitably alter the way in which policing services are delivered in future.”

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