Police still diving to save money?

Police divers in England forced into dry dock

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In March 2012 it was announced that the number of police divers across Yorkshire could be halved, as a result of police chiefs talking about a region-wide merger of underwater search units. But what are the realities of the proposal?

These plans, were born out of government enforced austerity measures, and a subsequent money-saving report by the region’s chief constables (see here).

The proposal was subsequently condemned by the Police Federation (see here) shortly after publication.

It’s the thin edge of the wedge really. It’s the erosion all the time – policing matters, officers and now there is no dedicated presence in West Yorkshire…(Andrew Tempest-Mitchell, West Yorkshire Police Federation)

Those original ideas have now been implemented and, despite any previous concerns, the new unit which is based in Humberside, will be covering all of Yorkshire and Humberside.

Police chiefs have claimed the move would save “more than £400,000 a year” with a much smaller team of 10…

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