Residents speak out over police cuts

Concerned residents queried the proposed changes to the police force at a public meeting in Carlton last night.

A presentation by Notts Police Authority outlined the county’s plans to reduce expenditure by £43.2m over the next four years.

Chf Insp Sean Anderson, from Bassetlaw’s neighbourhood policing team, was also making his first public appearance in the area.

The bosses discussed the change from four divisions to two, increased dependence on technology and plans to ‘collaborate’ with neighbouring counties.

John Farnsworth, from Gildingwells, stated: “20 years ago, there was a police sergeant and nine officers in Carlton. Staffing levels need to be increased, not dropped. Collaboration between county’s is important because it does not happen, you have to connect with the community.”

In response, the authority’s vice-chair, coun Glynn Gilfoyle said: “I would love to be here saying to you that we will be sending more officers out.”

“We have a very, very good relationship with South Yorkshire Police.”

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