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Police force starts jobs freeze

A police force has instigated a recruitment freeze amid fears of a budget cut as public spending looks set to be reined in.

Leicestershire Police said the freeze would not affect the force's ability to operate or apply to those already offered jobs.

In a statement the force said the freeze applied to both police officer posts and other staff positions.

Specific posts could be filled if the chief constable agrees.

The force statement said: "Anticipating potential future cuts in public spending the force is looking to make sure that it has the right number of staff in the right places to keep the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe, secure and confident.

"For three months, the force will not be recruiting or taking any applications for police officers or police staff.

"However, where potential police officers have been provided with a start date or potential police staff have been interviewed or offered a job these vacancies will still be filled."

The chief constable may also authorise recruitment to specific posts in exceptional circumstances during this period.

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