Third public meeting about changes to the police force

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The public in the west of the island will get their chance to quiz police chiefs about cuts to their budget on Tuesday, September 23.

The Western Police Consultive Forum (PCF) will hold a public meeting at Peel’s Centenary Centre starting at 7pm which will give people the opportunity to voice any concerns they have over the cuts to Chief Constable Gary Roberts and Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson MHK.

The Manx police force’s budget has been reduced from £15.8m to £12.5m in the past five years which has resulted in the number of officers being cut by 11 per cent.

Police stations in Lord Street and Port Erin are to close.

From late September, when Port Erin police station closes, the focus of policing in the south will be in Castletown.

Discussions are continuing about the station relocating from its current location opposite the entrance to Castle Rushen to the Civic Centre, the commissioners’ base.

Former MHK Walter Gilbey, a member of the western PCF, said: ‘This is an important matter for the public. It’s a mistake and could be disastrous.

‘They should gradually increase the budget back to the levels it was before.’

The western meeting is one of a series of four PCF meetings being held around the island.

Public meetings have already been held in the Douglas and in the south of the island.

A meeting in the north of the island is being arranged for the autumn.

The PCF is an independent body made up of community representatives that seeks the views of the public regarding policing and the prevention of crime.

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