PLANS to axe up to 1,000 Sussex Police jobs will cause a ‘serious and fundamental loss of service’, Unison has claimed.
The force last week announced its plans, which will see 500 officer posts lost in the next five years, in a bid to save £57m by 2020.
Andy Stenning, UNISON branch secretary for Sussex Police, said: “Whilst we have sympathy with the situation Sussex Police find themselves in as a result of government- imposed cut backs, UNISON is opposed to these plans and will continue to fight to protect jobs and services.
“The force has partnered with an outside contractor to draw up these proposals – at a cost of £500,000 so far, with further costs to come.
“These proposals are not driven by the desire to improve and enhance the service the force provides to the people of Sussex, and will mean a marked reduction in service.
“This will reduce the workforce beyond a safe margin and lead to a serious and fundamental loss of service. It will also have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of our members as they struggle with excessive workloads and try hard to continue to serve the people of our communities.
“The majority of these cuts will focus on Neighbourhood Policing, with the loss of a number of PCSO posts.”