Force must save extra £20m

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Lancashire’s top police officer has described the cuts to his force as “frightening”.

Chief constable Steve Finnigan and police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw have outlined plans to try and meet £73m of savings by 2017/18.

The measures include losing 165 police officer and 275 police staff posts, taking the eventual predicted losses from 2009 to 1,250 people.

Mr Grunshaw said: “These are difficult cuts to have to announce. They have come too quickly and cut too deeply.

“It’s a step I believe that takes so much away from Lancashire Police. We are in danger of reaching a tipping point.”

Originally the force had to save £42m by 2014/15 - around 20 per cent of a £301m budget - but that has increased to £63m by 2015/16. In the next couple of weeks they will sign off £20m of cuts.

Assistant chief constables will be reduced, contact centres cut and the H Division disbanded with staff in firearms, road policing and dog units moved to three new divisions.