Police staffing under recommended levels

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POLICE numbers in Northamptonshire are likely to remain under full strength for the next 10 months, bosses have admitted.

The force remains under its recommended ‘establishment’ level by around 40 full-time officers, having seen officers leave, retire or quit their jobs over the past year during a staff recruitment freeze.

Around 200 county officers will also be used at different times during this summer’s Olympic Games, with force bosses already having cancelled all leave and rest days during the London event, as well as on busy weekends, such as the jubilee and the British Grand Prix.

In February, police chiefs lifted a staff freeze, however, so far, only 11 police officers have been recruited.

The force has now approved 20 PCSOs to go to the national assessment centre.

However, the intake of PCSOs is not due until October, with further intakes in November and then February next year.

Assistant Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Andy Frost, said: “It does take a long time to train people and where we have peak demand, such as for the Olympics and for Silverstone, we cancel rest days and cancel leave.”