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Police authority considers cuts

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police plans to sell off assets as well as cut jobs

The Thames Valley Police Authority (TVPA) has met to consider a plan to cut 166 posts from the force over the next three years.

It was among measures designed to save money because of a predicted fall in government funding of between £20m and £40m.

A report by Thames Valley Police to the TVPA said that after redeployment up to 50 redundancies could still be needed.

The force insisted frontline services will not be affected by the cuts.

As well as job cuts the force is also planning to sell surplus assets to raise money.

Chairman of the Police Authority, Khan Juna, said: "It is crucial for us to both maintain and grow front-line policing in line with the region's increasing population.

"In order to achieve this, and still balance the books, staff reductions in other areas may be an option we have to consider.

"What options we choose are dependant on the level of government grant we receive - and not all grants for next year will be known until January 2010."

The final budget will be agreed at a TVPA on 19 February 2010.

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