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[15 MAR 99] WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Warwickshire Police In The Red

Warwickshire Police Force is undertaking massive restructuring to try to claw back a 4.3 million budget shortfall and it might even lose its imposing headquarters at Leek Wootton.

The county is now to be policed through two areas – north and south, instead of the previous four. Nuneaton, Bedworth and Rugby in the north are to be merged and their headquarters will be at Bedworth. Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon will merge with headquarters at Leamington Spa.

A spokesman said:

"The areas will have sector policing. There will be seven sectors in the north and six in the south. The sectors will be under the operational command of an inspector."

Warwickshire, the second smallest police force in the country after the City of London force, was among the first to introduce community beat policing and sector policing is considered to be an extension of that.

The new system takes twenty-two officers back to front line duties.

Andrew Timpson, Warwickshire Chief ConstableBut Andrew Timpson, Warwickshire’s Chief Constable has warned the Home Office that he will not have the budget to police the Birmingham North Relief Road, work on which is due to start this year. He says he will have to carefully examine the cost of any large-scale operations if the Sheriff asks for police assistance in evicting road protestors.

The Chief Constable has launched a project to look at all capital resources to investigate whether they are being used to full effect. Even the magnificently picturesque force headquarters near Kenilworth will be assessed, but the police spokesman said:

"It is extremely premature even to think about the possibility of a move away from Leek Wootton."
  

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