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22 July 2011, 14:11
Government cuts means Essex will lose around one in ten officers as the force tries to save £41million by 2014.
In real terms that means a reduction of around 388 police officers (saving £17million) as well as around 100 fewer PCSOs and about 600 fewer police staff (together saving around £14million).
A further £10million will be saved from other non-pay costs including uniform and transport.
With a future budget of £228million a year, the force plans to improve productivity and increase availability whilst delivering a high standard of policing.
Among the changes:
Technology is also expected to play a big part in how the force moves forward - so we could very well see officers on the beat with something like an i-Pad in future!
Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle has told Heart: "These are the most significant changes to policing in peacetime. Essex is one of the safest counties in the country and we want to keep it that way, but budget cuts mean there has to be substantial reorganisation in the force."