Sen Burch denies Police job-cut story
Minister of National Security David Burch said despite media reports of possible job reductions in the Police Service, public safety will not be compromised.
Last night, ZBM News reported that due to budget cuts faced by the service, the Police are looking to reduce overtime and possibly reduce the number of people employed by around 50. The report described the cutbacks as a last resort and that if cuts do occur, the majority of job reduction would be carried out through ‘natural attrition.'
According to the national budget, the service had its funding slashed by $7.5 million, or around 11 percent, for the 2011/12 fiscal year, which starts next month.
Speaking in response to the report, Sen Burch said in a statement last night: “I wish to reassure the people of Bermuda that the successes achieved in public safety and restoring safer communities will not be sacrificed in the name of funding challenges.
‘The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) will continue to provide the coverage and target enforcement that has yielded the impressive results of arrests and charges through 2010.
“This will require some deployment management on the part of the Commissioner and he and I will continue to discuss how best to meet the needs of the public in a way that does not burn out the hard working men and women of the BPS.”