Another round of cuts will see more than 300 jobs axed at West Midlands Police to help the force save £126 million.
A total of 318 jobs are to be cut amid a 40 per cent reduction in high performance traffic cars on duty at any one time – dropping from ten per shift to six.
The first wave of cuts was made last year and saved £25 million. It led to the loss of 173 police officer posts and 217 civilian jobs.
The latest cuts will be made in September and staff will be told if they are “at risk” by the end of June. Another 85 police officer posts will be lost and the remaining 233 jobs will be police support staff.
The force insists that the majority of losses will be back office staff, while 151 of police support staff posts are already vacant and will not be filled.
A report on the remaining losses, which will be heard by West Midlands Police Authority on Thursday, concedes that “compulsory redundancy is likely to be required to realise the remaining posts.”
According to the report, the vast majority of the savings will be to the back and middle offices and specialist support services.
However, nine per cent of the losses will be to frontline visible policing units.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “As part of a review of the responsibilities and capabilities of the force traffic department, the function and organisation of teams will alter as we move forward.
“Traffic’s core responsibility will remain unchanged, in so far that we will continue to deliver the national Road Policing Strategy, which will complement local policing priorities.
“The deployment of our resources will now need to be more intelligent in order to meet the challenge of delivering a similar service with less.
“We will continue in our determination to disrupt criminals that use our road network in order to facilitate their activity, as well as striving to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured.
“An intelligence-led 24/7 capability will be deployed across the force based upon a prioritised risk, threat and demand model.
“This will include responsibilities around enforcement, attendance at serious collision scenes, family liaison services, responding to serious crimes in action and will also provide a pursuit capability.
“There will be three intelligence-led Traffic Proactive teams that will concentrate their time, in conjunction with other assets and resources, on targeting organised criminality such as car key crime.
‘‘Traffic will continue to provide the investigation capability for all fatal collisions and collisions resulting in life changing injuries.”