A second attempt by Essex Police to slash £42m from its budget and still catch criminals has begun.

The first try, in March 2012, had to be amended because some of the changes failed.

Police officers investigating crimes had too many to look at and the danger was criminals may get away with it if it took too long to bring them to justice.

So new neighbourhood crime teams were set up and started work last Thursday.


When the budget cuts were announced, in 2011, Essex Police decided to lose 1,100 staff including 400 officers because it couldn’t afford them any more.