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N YORKS FIGURES WILL 'CAMOUFLAGE' POLICE SHORTFALL

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North Yorkshire police officers fear that a new law and order plan for the county to be published next month will c...
North Yorkshire police officers fear that a new law and order plan for the county to be published next month will camouflage a police shortfall, the Yorkshire Post reports (p8).

Police Federation officials warn that if the current strength of the force is considered when the new police authority is established, this will become the accepted figure. However, it is presently 100 officers below the number recommended in a 1987 county review.

The chairwoman of the new authority, Cllr Angela Harris, said the force's move toward civilianisation of non-operational duties such as scene-of-crime investigations, fingerprinting and clerical work had 'transformed' the manpower situation.
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