Lincolnshire could lose over 100 police officers

Lincolnshire Police has warned of “tough choices ahead” if the force cannot secure more funding in the next two years.

A new report has revealed how 113 police officers and 30 staff could their jobs in that time as a result of increasing budget pressures.

The force will need to make further savings of nearly £7 million between now and the financial year 2021-2022 if it is not given any more money from central government.

The force has already been forced to cut 145 police officers in the past decade.

Connections to local community intelligence and social care work would be lost as a result of the budget cuts, Lincolnshire Police has indicated.

Lincolnshire Police currently receives £128 million in central government funding each year.

Bill Skelly, Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, told The Lincolnite: “Most of the cuts will be felt hardest in our local communities where they currently have contact with their neighbourhood teams.

“This is where [people] can discuss issues they are having in their local community, and those things will disappear because we cannot afford to have people in those places.

“Not only will we miss the connection that local neighbourhoods have with their communities, but we’ll also lose that connection with information and intelligence that helps keep them safe.”

Watch the full video to see how policing in Lincolnshire will be forced to change without an increase in the force’s budget.